Maddy DiGiovanni ’13
Photo courtesy of Mountaineer Staff
Ms. Ahn, Ms. Luberto, and Mr. Zeoli
What do teachers do in their spare time? They may grade papers or read nonstop, lead extracurricular activities or coach school sports… or they may race against Lance Armstrong. Believe it or not, Mr. Mike Stultz, now one of MLHS’s very own, is a semi-pro cyclist in his spare time. “I lost, obviously,” laughs Mr. Stultz, referring to the 2009 Leadville Trail 100 in which he did in fact race Lance Armstrong.
In addition to cycling, he edits for a study aid site and coaches his son’s travel soccer team. He would have liked to help with the school drama productions, but he has quite a bit on his plate already: congratulations are in order to Mr. Stultz and his family, who are proud to welcome their third child!
Mr. Stultz came to MLHS from Health Sciences Technology High School in New Brunswick and now teaches two freshman World Cultures classes and two junior college prep classes. If he could teach any other class, it would be Film Studies, AP World, or British Literature.
“My favorite thing about teaching is when the students can teach themselves and discuss things on many different levels and critically relate topics to each other,” he says. Instead of lecturing, he prefers the Socratic seminar, where he can step back and let the class discuss the topic for themselves.
His first impression of MLHS was that it is “very relaxed, very down to earth. There’s a lot of freedom.” He particularly enjoys MLHS’s office atmosphere, where the kids are welcome, and the library. To him, the library is a symbol of dedication. “You have a wonderful library here. I like it a lot, definitely more than the gym,” he laughs.
If he could change one thing about MLHS, it would be class length. At his previous school, classes would run for one hundred minutes. That’s more than twice as long as our class periods! Mr. Stultz prefers the longer classes because they are less stressful and better suited to lengthy class discussions. However, “even an hour is okay, not too extreme.”
With an hour-long class, he could fully discuss his favorite book, Oedipus Rex. “I find him to be the greatest tragic hero… He’s someone who overcomes the most and refuses to kill himself, punishes himself, and endeavors to learn from his mistakes, morally… He is superior to his fate.” Mr. Stultz’s enthusiasm is a sure sign of a great teacher.
He is very grateful to Dr. Mucci and Mr. Henry, who welcomed him “from the start. They have good leadership and good faith in me,” he notes. “We’re very happy to have him as part of our faculty,” says Mr. Henry, supervisor of the English Department. Mr. Stultz, we’re thrilled to have you, and welcome to Mountain Lakes High School!