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Mr. Kleinsasser: Playing an Integral Role at Skutt Catholic

Math teacher encourages students to go beyond their limits.

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Cole Mingo, Staff Reporter

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For 25 years, Skutt Catholic’s Math Department has been nurtured by the care and dedication of Mr. Kleinsasser. This legendary instructor has derived his way into the hearts of many mathematical students, thriving in his domain (and range). Thus, the time has come to gain some insight into the Captain of Calculus.

 

Where did you grow up?

Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

 

What are some activities you did as a kid?

Softball, football, riding bikes, normal neighborhood activities.

 

Where did you go to college?

Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minnesota.

 

Did your college major ever change throughout your time in college?

It came close, but no.

 

How many siblings do you have?

Two.

 

If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you would do?

Shout for joy!

 

What has been the biggest change during your time at Skutt Catholic?

Probably the amount of success of all the activities.

 

What is your most memorable Skutt Catholic moment?

I have two. Beating Roncalli in a homecoming game played at Platteview, and one of my students finishing second overall at UNL Math Day.

 

Other than PreCalculus, Trigonometry, and Calculus AB/BC, have you taught any other classes at Skutt Catholic?

Yes, I taught Algebra I, Honors Algebra II, and Discrete Mathematics.

 

How do you spend your summers?

Pretty low key. Relaxing, grilling, doing yard work, gardening, normal leisure activities.

 

What is your favorite movie?

The Sting, with Paul Newman and Robert Redford.

 

What is your favorite restaurant?

Piccolo Pizza. It is closed now.

 

If you were on a desert island, what three things would you want to have?

My family, food, and water.

 

Who is your favorite mathematician?

Gauss.

 

What is the best part about teaching? Why did you want to become a teacher?

The best part about teaching is getting to work with kids. When the light clicks on in their head and they beam with success, that is very rewarding.

 

What is your favorite color?

Purple.

 

What is a favorite family memory you have?

Vacations to California and Oregon, summers with extended family in Yale, South Dakota.

 

What is your favorite TV show?

Either Home Improvement or Coach.

 

What is your favorite math joke or pun?

All the ones I use in class are my favorites!

 

What is your favorite book?

The Bible.

 

Have you always had the same classroom?

Yes, D105.

 

If you were not a teacher, what do you think you would do?

Be a computer programmer.

 

Dogs or cats?

Dogs.

 

What was your first car?

A Ford Maverick.

 

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

The ability to never get sick.

 

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