Language Arts - Mr. Schmidt

Hey everyone,

My name is Daniel Schmidt and I am your 8th grade English/Language Arts and Science teacher. I taught at East Ridge Elementary for 6 years prior to joining the staff here at Normal Park. Last year was my first year here and I am very excited to begin my second!
I graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Grades Education with a concentration in Social Sciences and English/Language Arts. I have called Chattanooga home since I moved here in 2011. I bought my first home in 2019, and I also got married this past Spring to my girlfriend of 5 years, Elizabeth Theobald. 
I have many hobbies including: traveling, reading, and music. I have been a traveler since I was very young. Growing up, my mom was also an educator, and so we always travelled during breaks from school.  As kids, my brother and I were lucky enough to accompany my mom and a group of fellow teachers on historical trips across the United States to visit cities, battlefields, and presidents’ houses. These trips inspired me and fueled my sense of adventure.  Once my brother and I reached adulthood, we began planning and taking trips of our own.  So far, we’ve successfully traveled to California, Japan, England, and Ireland.
One of the reasons I was so drawn to traveling is due to my love of reading. Reading is something I struggled with as a child, but once I found what I was interested in reading, it became much easier. Some of my favorite books are known as “Beat” novels by authors such as Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs. This type of literature is all about traveling to new places, meeting new people, and making the most out of every situation. I also love the classics, works like Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway or Hamlet by William Shakespeare are some of my favorites.  
Last but not least, one of my greatest passions is music. I have been involved in band, in one form or another, since I was 11 years old. I joined marching band in high school and even made the drumline at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Since I graduated college, I have played in church bands, symphonic bands, cover bands, and rocks bands all over Tennessee.  I have also begun giving guitar lessons to students at Normal Park as of last year.  
I am very excited to begin this new school year and I hope you are too! Feel free to email me if you have any questions.

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Mr. Daniel Schmidt
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