By Aliscia Phillips
Mr. Marteau, the new sophomore social studies instructor, hadn’t always wanted to be a teacher. In fact, he graduated from Kent State with a degree in criminal justice and previously worked as a claims investigator for an auto insurance company in Columbus. However, he later returned to school to earn his master’s degree in education after realizing he was better suited to make a difference in his community through teaching rather than law enforcement. His passion for social studies bloomed into existence as a student when the subject became a personal favorite. He said that it was the ability to have a daily positive impact on people that motivated him to take up a career in teaching.
During his return to school, he found out about Bio-Med Science Academy through the head of his master’s program, Dr Lisa Testa, because she had a daughter who attended. He liked the fact that Bio-Med was a Research and Development (RND) school, meaning it was established by the state of Ohio to research better techniques for students. With this privilege, Bio-Med is able to take risks and push for legislation to change education for the better. Essentially, Mr. Marteau saw that the school was doing the best it can for its students which led him to pursue a job there.
Currently, his favorite part about Bio-Med is the sense of community, both within the student body and staff. He said the teachers are tight-knit and the whole community feels like a family. If his students get anything out of his class, he hopes that it’s a general sense of responsibility. He wishes for them to be advocates for themselves and others, to be active citizens who are aware of their environment and who understand that they have the capacity to make changes.
Outside of his job, Mr. Marteau loves to stay active by running. He has also found a hobby in creating art, specifically sketching and painting, and has been interested in comic book style artwork since he was a student. He recently bought a house with his fiancée, Megan, and his cat named Shadow. He and Megan got engaged just this summer.
Mr. Marteau leaves off with a piece of advice, taken from a quote by Teddy Roosevelt: “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” He believes that if you can find a job in something you’re passionate about, you’ll never have to work a day in your life because you’ll simply be doing what you love. He himself always looks forward to work despite the struggles because he adores his job.