Teacher Spotlight: Mr. Gain

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with a well known teacher in the school, Mr. Gain. You probably know him from March Madness, ECO Club, or from one of his many environmental science classes. Read on to learn more about this amazing teacher!

What were you like in High School?

I did sports year round, mostly cross country, basketball, and track.

How long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching for 18 years. I taught at West Bend East and also taught at West Allis Central for a year. I have been teaching at Franklin for 4 years.

What is your educational background?

I went to Carthage College and majored in international business and minored in Spanish. I received my teaching certificate and biology degree from UW-Milwaukee. Then, I went to UW-Stevens Point for my masters in natural resources.

What did you do before you started teaching?

I worked at Sherman-Williams as a retail paint store manager.

What is your favorite part about working here?

Franklin has great quality kids and is a community school. It feels the most like a family here compared to everywhere else I have taught.

What is your favorite FHS memory so far?

I loved the first implementation of March Madness. I had done March Madness at my other schools and was happy how well it went over at Franklin.

What is something that people might not know about you?

I like woodworking and construction. My basement was redone is a log cabin theme and it took me 3 years. I loved doing it because it was meticulous and time consuming.

What is your favorite food?

Venison.

How do you spend your time outside of school?

I go to my kids’ activities. One of my daughters dances and my other daughter runs. My son plays baseball at UW-Madison. Also, I love to hunt and fish.

Do you have any crazy/funny stories?

I have lots of them. One time a snake got out of its cage in my classroom. For a joke, I sent out an email to all the teachers of a picture of a giant snake, 10 feet long, saying  that was the snake that had escaped. The principal came to ask what we should do, and whether we should shut the school down. I had to tell him it was a joke and got in a little bit of trouble. Another time I was on a field trip and left a girl in the woods. I didn’t realize until we got back to the school. I also left the sink on during a lab and flooded the room below me.

What is your best advice for high school students?

”Don’t do what I used to do.” Don’t stress about the rest of your life. Appreciate the now.

How do you want to see your students succeed?

Right now I want my students to do well on the AP exam. Mostly, I like to see what my students do with their education in the future.

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