New teacher Pectol learning along with the students
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Ask any teacher if t heir first year of teaching was full of challenges and the Aanswer will be unanimously the same. The toughest par t of teaching is merely surviving t hat f irst year. Just ask Chase Pectol, Rockdale High S c ho ol’s ne w science teacher.

Pectol Pectol “The biggest challenge is dealing with 130 teenagers a day without losing any of my hair,” Pectol said. He is currently teaching IPC (integrated Physics and Chemistry) and Principles of Technology. He is a 2006 graduate of Teague High School in Teague, which is located between Fairfield and Groesbeck.

In high school, Pectol played baseball. He was also on the yearbook staff and he participated in theatre arts, UIL, speech and debate and he was senior class treasurer. Pectol was also a member of NHS.

He went on to graduate this past May from the University of Texas with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Chemistry and American Studies. With such a diverse education, Pectol plans to keep his options for the future open. While he is really enjoying teaching right now, he would still like to pursue a graduate degree or possibly attend law school.

“I haven’t ruled anything out, yet,” Pectol said. He became a certified teacher through the I Teach Texas Alternative Certifi- cation Program.

While living in Austin, Pectol enjoyed being part of the “Live Music Capital of the World.”

“I really like going to concerts, especially rock, or electronic music,” Pectol said. He even spent some time working as a disc jockey and also the station manager for 91.7 FM KVRX, the student radio station at UT.

The station boasts having the biggest variety of music played anywhere on the air; they play music from several different genres every hour and the station is run entirely by students.

With his youthful disposition, Pectol easily relates to his students. In fact, it wasn’t long ago that he was still sitting on the other side of the teacher’s desk. One might say Pectol has jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire.

He has only had a few short months in the classroom, but already he is developing his own philosophy of education, which is evident by the many quotes he shares with his students, one of his favorites:

“It requires wisdom to understand wisdom. The music means nothing if the audience is deaf.” –Walter Lippmann.

Pectol currently resides in Bryan. His mother Carrie Burger resides in Normangee, his father Dale Pectol lives in Lubbok, as does his sister Chelsea, who is a student at Lubbock Christian University.

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