By Ali Kochik
While he may be new to Red Lion High School, Mr. Randy Hoffman is not a new teacher. Before coming on board with Red Lion, he had already been teaching for 33 years at Camp Hill High School.
Prior to those 33 years, Mr. Hoffman obtained his degree in chemistry from Arizona State University in 1980, then went on to get his Master’s degree in education from Millersville. He currently teaches CP chemistry and physics at the high school.
He was inspired to teach after being accepted to dental school. After his acceptance, he began to think about the big picture and his effect on the world.
“I started thinking about what kind of impact I want to have on people’s lives,” said Mr. Hoffman about his decision to be a teacher. “I just think it’s more virtuous.”
One might be surprised to know that before Mr. Hoffman got the call to teach at Red Lion in the days leading up to the beginning of this school year, he had been planning to retire. However when he heard there was a position available to teach his favorite subjects, chemistry and physics, he changed his mind.
“I thought I definitely have some more time left.” he said.
The transition to the Red Lion High School has been an enjoyable one for Mr. Hoffman. He is particularly loving the politeness of the students and the camaraderie that comes with so many teachers with similar subjects to his.
“It’s fantastic. I really really enjoy it,” he said. “I came from a small school where if you taught chemistry, you were the entire chemistry department. It’s really great to share things with fellow teachers.”
When he is not teaching, Mr. Hoffman enjoys outdoor activities such as windsurfing. He also likes to go camping with his wife and six children.
Mr. Hoffman predicts that this will be a good school year.
“It’s all just really great. I keep pinching myself to make sure it’s not a dream,” he said.
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