Featured Faculty Friday – Gail Konzem

Gail Konzem
April 5, 2013
Mr. Gail Konzem
Associate Professor of Elementary Education

Getting to know you…
What is your favorite sandwich?
Big ole’hamburger with bleu cheese and all the extras.
What is your family like?
1 wife, two sons, two daughters- in –law, 2 granddaughters and 4 grandsons. Crazy people . All of them. Yes, I think that describes us fairly well.
What is your favorite hobby?
Sorry to say, TV!
What is your favorite joke?
As a “CRADLE CATHOLIC” I love Catholic jokes. Here is my favorite.
A group of third grade boys were on the playground at the catholic school. The elderly priest came out to watch the boys play. They were in a circle playing with a puppy that had wandered onto the playground. “What are you boys doing”, Father asked. The obvious leader of the boys answered, “We just found this puppy and now we are deciding who gets to take him home.” The priest asked, “Well, how are you doing that?” The young man responded with, “Whoever can tell the biggest lie gets to keep the puppy.” The old priest admonished them and said, “Boys, boys, you know it is a sin to lie. Why, when I was your age, I would have never even thought of telling a lie!” To which the young man responded, “Hand him the puppy, boys. WE HAVE A WINNER!”
Do you still have your tonsils?
No, and I don’t want them back.
Would you bungee jump?
You have got to be kidding!!!!!!!
What is your favorite cereal?
Raisin Bran
Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?
YES – otherwise how would I get them back on?????
If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Yellow – that is probably why I don’t Bunge jump.
Mountain hideaway or beach house?
Mountain Hideaway
What is your favorite sport or television show to watch?
The cooking channel
Do you have a special talent?
Yes. I just haven’t developed it yet.
Where were you born?
Beloit, Kansas
What is one thing you wish everybody knew about you?
That I am cute and cuddly.
Getting to know your program…
What is your academic area?
Music Education, Elementary Education and Public School Administration
What is your favorite course to teach?
Elementary Reading Methods
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Training future teachers
What is the worst part of your job?
Accreditation PAPERWORK!!!!
If you could describe your teaching style in one word, what would it be?
Relaxed????
What three things would you want all students to know or do?
How to love every kid you get, even when they might be the most unlovable. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Know how to work with colleagues.
What makes your academic area important?
Teaching affects every one’s life – no matter what your choice in careers.

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