Meet your teacher, Zach Zimmer

CIW-ED-Teacher Zimmer

Grade/subject: Seventh grade social studies, Westfield Middle School

Number of years teaching: Six

Background/schooling: Trinity High School, Winter Park, Fla.; bachelor’s in secondary education, Butler University; and master’s in education, Indiana University.

Why did you become a teacher? I was a business major my freshman year in college. While working back in Florida the following summer, my grandfather (my idol) spoke to me about that choice of major over lunch. He pointed out that my passions were history, sports and working with kids. I called Butler the following morning and switched my major to education. A life-changing choice influenced by the best man I’ll ever know. Additionally, meeting and learning from former WMS teacher Susie Seal motivated me into wanting to be a teacher for life.

What goals do you have for your students? While pushing them academically, I want to also motivate students to build on their character as they learn to always be unique and serve others around them.

What do you encourage parents to do at home to help their children strengthen particular skills? I believe written and verbal communication are extremely important skills that students will need for any job they apply for in their futures (resumes, cover letters, in-person interviews). Therefore, any time they can talk and write with their children will benefit them significantly. Additionally, I encourage parents to get their children involved in as many extra-curricular activities as possible. It helps them socially, emotionally, and academically. Extra-curriculars always motivate students in the classroom while also giving them access to things they have a passion for.

What is your favorite movie? “Remember the Titans” and “Notting Hill.”

Who is your favorite musician or band? Yellowcard, Keith Urban and The Script

What’s something your students might not know about you? I proposed to my wife Mrs. Z on the 50-yardline bulldog of the Butler Bowl. My first job was from age 14 to 18 as a bicycle mechanic and salesman at my father’s bicycle shop. I also drove around a bicycle Pedi cab as a night job in downtown Orlando. I therefore am a big cycling fan and watch the Tour de France every July.