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Q&A with David Keller

By Jillian Wanner

Staff Writer

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

Working with students who are excited about learning, and with faculty, staff and administration with whom I enjoy such great relationships.

Describe how your job has changed in the midst of the pandemic.

My teaching has been online only for about five years, so hardly anything at all has changed for me! I certainly can’t say that for the students.

Who has influenced you the most in your life? How and why?

If I have to narrow this down to one person, it would be my mother, a deeply faithful committed Christian whose influence I’m sure goes beyond what I’m even aware of.

What values motivate you the most?

I’m a classicist here: goodness, truth and beauty.

What do you do to have fun or relieve stress?

Hiking with my wife or playing golf by myself!

What has been the biggest challenge in your life?

Passing the life-saving merit badge in Boy Scouts.

What is your favorite family vacation?

Spending a few weeks each summer at Ocean City, New Jersey.

What is a random fun fact about you?

My first car was a Satellite (a Plymouth Satellite).

What is something you want to learn or wish you were better at?

I want to learn to play the piano. (I wish I had started earlier, Mrs. Hughes!)

What single piece of advice would you give to students today?

When I asked my father for advice while he was driving me off to college, he told me to go see a movie the night before a big test. When I questioned the wisdom of that, he said that I should do some work each day for each class so I wouldn’t have to cram. If I didn’t have to cram, I could afford to see a movie the night before the test and still do well. So, my advice is to do some work (reading, reviewing notes, beginning a draft of a paper, etc.) for each class every day.



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