Getting to know our teachers: Mr. Koval


Kimberly Smith, Student Writer

What are your hobbies outside of school?

I like to read and keep up on the news. I also work on my house, and play guitar when I have extra time, as well as trying to get some exercise in, like weightlifting  or hiking.

What is something people don’t know about you?

I once won a car in a drawing – well, it was a two year lease on a car with the option to buy it out. I gave it back after the two years because I had so many things go wrong with that car.

If you could meet one person, living or dead, who would it be? Why?

Galileo Galilei—he was a pioneer in multiple fields of science and also stood by his beliefs when nobody else would.

What is your favorite band or your favorite singer?

I have a few different ones, depending on the day it would be Rush or Led Zeppelin.

What is your favorite song of all time?

Tough to narrow it to just one…but I would say Achilles last stand by Led Zeppelin. A close second would be Freewill by Rush.

Where is your favorite place to eat? 

Usually at home, but if I go out Longhorn Steakhouse is a good one.

What is the most unique place you’ve ever visited? Why? 

Glacier National Park in Montana. It has some of the best natural scenery I’ve seen in person.

Do you have any pets? If so, what are they?

No, I’m usually not at home long enough to care for one. But there are some rabbits, groundhogs, and sometimes deer that pass through my backyard.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

People being rude to each other.

What inspired you to become a teacher?

I always thought of it as an ever-changing field where you get the opportunity to have an effect on a large number of people. Not many careers give you the chance to have a positive influence on the future like teaching does.

What do you like most about teaching?

It’s always challenging, near the same thing, and there are always better ways to improve what you are doing. I also learn a lot by working with all types of students everyday.

What is your biggest piece of advice for students?

Enjoy your time being young, take advantage of all the opportunities that are available to you in school and try to set yourself up for a successful life.

How long have you been teaching?

About six years now….