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Mr. Jacob Manders, MandersJ@district279.org


Where did you go to school and what is your previous job experience?

Minnesota State University, Mankato. Previous Jobs I’ve had (That I can remember, in Chronological Order) Dishwasher (International Market Square), Usher (Maple Grove Mann Theatre) Host, Bus Boy, Bartender (Olive Garden), Server (Cracker Barrel), Stocked Shelves (Toys R Us) Cart-Boy (Menards), Server (Angenos), Bartender, Host (Red Lobster), Pizza Delivery (Dominos), Usher (Metrodome- Twins Season), Server (Najwa’s Catering), Bartender (Midwest Wireless Civic Center) Over-night Shift (Welcome Inn- Homeless Shelter) Wildland Firefighter (Skookum Eugene Oregon) Bartender (Target Center- Timberwolves Season) ART TEACHER (St. Peter South Elementary), Substitute Teacher (St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Robbinsdale, Osseo School Districts)

When did you start working at Park Center?

March 2007, I was hired as a long-term Substitute for Sophie Munholland.

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe my roll as an educator is to inspire students to think of their visual surroundings in a new and creative way.

Why did you choose your profession?

After all the jobs I’ve had over the years nothing seems more natural than teaching art.

What is your favorite quote?

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today? Today is a gift that’s why they call it the present.”

In what room(s) can you commonly be found?

144, 142, 146, 141 (I teach in all 4)

Additional Comments(hobbies)?

Besides making art of all kinds I play guitar and sing in a folksy Bluegrass Band.

Advice for students going to college?

Make the most of it! It flys by.

Biggest pet peeve?

People that refuse to try.

Sum up your career at Park Center in one word


If you were required to find a different job than what you are currently doing, what would you choose?

Traveling Musician.