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htrnews.com | Nov. 2011

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Christopher

Grodek

“My favorite movies are ‘Tombstone’ and ‘A League of Their Own,’” Grodek said. “I watched these all the time as a teenager and the lines from the movie are very quotable.”

Teacher, Lincoln High School

“I would love to direct Nicolas Cage. I really enjoy action films, so here goes: A thief steals a set of important historical documents, Nic Cage steals them back and gets the girl,” Grodek said of his directorial debut. “I enjoy watching most anything sports related,” Grodek said. “My news channel of choice is ESPN.” Grodek said he would love to make a religious pilgrimage to Rome and see all of the catholic and ancient sites.

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Christopher Grodek is a dedicated teacher at Lincoln High School, involved in many activities at the school to promote both students and fellow teachers. He received his undergraduate degree in teaching mathematics from John Carroll University in 2002 and his master’s degree in education – professional development from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2007. He has been employed with the Manitowoc Public School District as a mathematics teacher at the junior and high school levels since he moved to Manitowoc in 2003, currently teaching pre-calculus and geometry. Grodek is an announcer for the Ships athletic programs for all freshman, JV and varsity football games; JV and varsity girls’ basketball; JV and varsity girls’ volleyball; girls’ gymnastics; and boys’ baseball. He also keeps score for JV and varsity boys’ basketball and boys’ and girls’ track and field. He also has been the boys’ seventh grade basketball coach for four years and the junior high school golf coach for three years, both at Wilson Junior High. Grodek has been involved in the Manitowoc Education Association since his first year in the school district and has held numerous positions in the organization including building representative, vice president and president during his first seven years of teaching. He was the immediate past president of the MEA during the 2010-2011 school year and served on the executive board during that time as well.

He and his wife, Becky, are active in their church and were selected as a FOCCUS (Facilitating Open Couple Communication, Understanding and Study) mentor couple for St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church in Two Rivers. As a mentor couple, they give the newly engaged a survey, and then discuss issues with them that they might never discuss without the survey. In their spare time, the couple also either donates to or attends events that benefit community members such as Brady’s Baseball Blast, Heart-A-Rama, Relevant Radio, Relay for Life, breast cancer awareness, Carrie’s Chance, Jigsaw Run/ Walk for Autism, and Children’s Miracle Network. Grodek also is a member of Sail, going to events such as bowling night and tour of the county jail. He is the co-adviser for the class of 2013 at Lincoln High School and was involved in homecoming float and hall decorating, as well as junior prom. Next year, he will be helping at the graduation ceremonies in June. Grodek’s professional goal is to obtain a second master’s degree in possibly administration or mathematics. His personal goal is to be blessed with children and become more active in his church. “I would love to do more for the church because it is important to me as a person of faith to give back to people who are less fortunate,” he said.

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