Meet Your CF CAPS Instructor

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About Ethan Wiechmann

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I always thought I lived a fast paced life until I met my wife, Lindsay. A couple years after meeting we moved to Cedar Falls and were married. Since then life has literally been a blur. In seven years we moved, married, built a house, each took new jobs and had three boys: Landon, Liam, and Levi. If asked if I would do it again, the answer would be a resounding, “ABSOLUTELY!” We love our neighbors, our schools and our Cedar Falls community.
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Below is a Q and A of myself.

What did you do before CAPS? Prior to my role as a CF CAPS instructor, I taught mathematics for 14 years. I also coach wrestling. Along with teaching, I enjoy working with my hands. Every summer I look for various job opportunities to keep learning and to provide a little extra income for my family. I have worked as a warehouse forklift operator, flat roofer, general contractor, an electrician and metal applicator. The last five years I have been working at Plumb Tech on various projects throughout the Cedar Valley and beyond.

What activities are you involved in? Music, sports, clubs, regular volunteering, etc.? I am a huge fan of the outdoors. Camping, hunting, fishing and sports are all activities I enjoy. One of my favorite outdoor activities is spending time working my garden. I enjoy seeing plants grow and harvesting the fruits of one’s labor. All of these activities are exponentially more rewarding when doing them with my wife and three boys. Throughout my college career and young adult life I played a lot of rugby. I still enjoy competing now and then but as I get older it takes longer to recover. : )

Do you have any siblings? I have an older brother who is always wanting to “size me up” every chance he gets. Couple this with a pestering younger sister who is a lawyer and you have quite the trio. My parents divorced when I was in 5th grade and both later remarried. Each married a spouse who had four children from their previous marriage. Therefore I also have eight step brothers and sisters.

What are some of your favorites?
Classical music - can’t get enough, helps me focus
Gardening - peaceful and fulfilling
Family (immediate and extended) - big believer in family and feel very fortunate to be a part of mine
Rugby - it’s my favorite sport of all time. Great memories and relationships formed from years of competition
Coaching - rewarding experience working with the growth and development of young athletes
Space - it's the final frontier
Food - Mom’s fried chicken, wife’s broccoli salad, mother in law’s potato salad, Pepper’s chicken strips

What are your areas of expertise? With all my experiences in life I would say I am a jack of all trades and master of none. Organizing and helping individuals achieve their potential are areas which I am effective in. I would like to say in a few years I am an expert at raising boys, but I am not sure that is possible.

What are your past experiences with the ideas and skills in this class? Coupling my years in the classroom with my summer job experiences allow me to have a unique perspective when it comes to professional skills and traits employees are searching for. My mathematics background and interest in engineering gives me insight on content specific items.

What is your biggest wish for this course? I want all the associates to leave this course having experienced practical, innovative work with a business where they made meaningful connections that will help them get to where they want to go in their lives. That may be college, working at a local company, starting their own business or something I haven’t considered. Whatever I can do to make that happen, I will.

Family: Wife Lindsay, sons Landon, Liam and Levi

Interesting Facts: I love classical music and gardening along with rugby and hunting

Activities: Wrestling, family, community organizations

Career Goals
What do you want to do when you grow up?
When I grow up, I want to be a CAPS Instructor! But if I weren’t a teacher, I’d want to be the captain of the Starship Enterprise.

Personal Goals
What do you hope to accomplish this school year? Before high school graduation? In your life? This year, I hope to help develop student professional and life skills in CAPS.

Why did you take this class? I took this teaching opportunity because I wanted to inspire students, prepare students for future success and help redefine learning.

Think of the best teacher(s) you’ve ever had. What did they do that made them great? They challenged me to always be improving; not to settle. They held a high standard because they believed that is where I should be operating. They were supportive and caring throughout. In other words, they were tough but sensible.

What is one thing you should avoid in order to have a successful semester? Don’t be inflexible. Don’t avoid challenges. Don’t hate change.

What are you most excited to learn this semester?How much everyone grows through their experience with CAPS.

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