Jon Austin

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BA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Jon Austin

TEACHES: SPANISH I, SPANISH II, SPANISH III, SPANISH IV

Jon began his teaching career as a GED tutor for a Bi-lingual Community Development Agency, then as an instructor for a college preparatory Spanish conversation class. Jon is in his 12th year of teaching at Mid-Peninsula and loves it! 

Teaching is a career that found Jon, in a sense. In fact, his family and friends knew that Jon would be a teacher long before he knew it. Jon has always had a passion for learning and helping others to learn, so it seemed an inevitable conclusion that he would be doing what he loves most. It comes so naturally to him. 

Jon graduated with a major in Cultural Anthropology and a minor in Spanish from the University of Massachusetts. After graduating he was fortunate to be able to live and travel throughout Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Cuba, Nicaragua, Honduras, Dominican Republic. He continues to explore the spanish world whenever possible and incorporates his experiences from traveling into the classroom, both culturally and linguistically. 

When Jon was in the 7th grade he won the award for Spanish pronunciation and thus began his future. In addition to teaching Spanish, he has worked on numerous community development projects, organized various multi-media art installations and events, and ran an open mic for two years. 

Jon's other passion is cycling. He feels fortunate to live in one of the best parts of the country for cycling and enjoys spending a lot of time exploring on two wheels. He also reads as much as time allows, but admits it's hard to keep up with his favorite authors during the school year. Jon is also very passionate about community service and serves as Mid-Peninsula's Community Service Coordinator.

Favorite Quote: "Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world." -Nelson Mandela