Meet your teacher, Eric Rauch


COM-Teacher Rauch 04.22

Grade/subject: Westfield High School, AP biology and biology

Number of years teaching: 16

Background/schooling: Franklin County High School, Brookville, Ind.; B.S. Secondary Education, Marian University; M.A. Educational Leadership, Indiana Wesleyan University; and Principals License Program, Indiana Wesleyan University.

Why did you become a teacher? I have always enjoyed serving others and making a difference. Teaching was the one thing that I knew every day that I could have a positive impact on people. I also had a high school chemistry teacher, Mr. Heim, who challenged me every day and pushed me to go out of my comfort zone in learning. I am forever grateful for that experience and hope I can pass that experience on to my students. I want to be the teacher that I would want in front of my own kids, everyday!

What goals do you have for your students? I want every student to come into our class, realize their potential, and then make sure they achieve it! That will mean they are challenged like never before, but with great challenge comes great reward and self-fulfillment.

What do you encourage parents to do at home to help their children strengthen particular skills? The first thing that all parents should do is enjoy watching their children grow up and encourage unique experiences. Academically, I encourage all parents to take an active role in their child’s education and support them without enabling them. Help teach them importance of profound learning for a lifetime.

What is your favorite movie? Hoosiers!

Who is your favorite musician or band? Zac Brown Band or Matt Maher.

What’s something your students might not know about you? Besides boys’ varsity basketball for 15 years, I have coached baseball, volleyball, golf and track at the high school or college level.