Ligonier Valley School District - Teacher Webpages

(from Fox series Boston Public, 2002)
 New Teacher: "So does it ever get any easier?" 
Old Teacher: "Not if you do it right" 
Old Teacher: "Best job in the world though!"
 New Teacher: "So I hear"


NAME: Eric R. Vogelsang

SCHOOL: Ligonier Valley Middle School

CLASS: 8th Grade English

SCHOOL PHONE: (724)-238-6412

About The Teacher

   I am a 13th year teacher. I graduated with honors in May of 2002 from 
Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I graduated from Ligonier Valley High 
School in 1997 with honors. I was an 8th grade student at Ligonier Valley 
Middle School the first year that it changed from a junior high school to a 
middle school. 
        Along with being a teacher, I am also the head 
varsity girls soccer coach for Ligonier High School which I've done for the past 12 years, winning my 100th game last season.  I'll be starting this year as the head junior high girls basketball coach which I'm excited for. I've previously served as assistant varsity girls basketball coach, assistant junior high boys basketball coach, head junior high boys basketball coach, and assistant junior high volleyball coach.
Loyalhanna United Soccer Club where I have directed several soccer
camps. I am also the chairman of the Ligonier Valley Relay for Life which is an annual event to raise funds for cancer research and to aid local cancer victims. Each of the last 3 years I'm proud to say our event raised over 100,000 dollars!    
    I am very excited to get started with another year! 

Mission For The Class

   My mission for all of my classes is to create a community of learners.
 I feel strongly that my job is not to be the dictator of the room but simply a facilitator of learning.
 Much of what goes on in my classroom will involve students working together and trying new things to achieve their goal 
as opposed to sitting at a desk alone and not interacting with anyone for an entire block.
 I believe strongly in teaching students to be thinkers-
 I don't want to know simply whether something is right or wrong but, instead, 
how or why did you come up with the answer you came up with. 
In my classroom students will feel like a respected part of a team all working together to improve our learning.