Teacher Spotlight: Mr. Hantak

Selaney Yancey, Junior Editor

How long have you been teaching?

BH: 11 years

Did you have any jobs before teaching?

BH: I owned 2 soccer clubs and was an assistant soccer coach for several colleges in the St. Louis area.

What lead you to teaching?

BH: Even when I was young, I knew that I wanted to teach. I loved school and really wanted to help kids learn. I fought the idea during college, but something kept pulling me back to teaching as a career.

Favorite movie?

BH: Office Space

Some song lyrics that mean a lot to you?

BH: “Would you not like to be sitting on the edge of the world with your legs hanging free”, Dave Matthews and “That’s my daughter, in the water, I taught her everything she knows” Loudon Wainwright III.

Favorite fictional character?

BH: Sydney Carton from “A Tale of Two Cities”

Favorite comfort food?

BH: Burritos

Where did you go to high school and what year did you graduate?

BH: Parkway Central, In St. Louis class of 1991

How would you define yourself as a high school student? Would the current you be friends with the high school you?

BH: I would say I was an average student, but probably thought too much about the social aspects of school. I played 5 Varsity sports and loved every minute of the experience. I think that I would be friends with that me.

How have you changed since high school?

BH: I haven’t really changed that much, I mean I still laugh if someone passes gas in class. However, I have become more responsible. I think a lot of that has to do with becoming a father and loving my family.

What is one thing that you wish your students knew about you?

BH: That, even though I joke a lot, I truly care about their futures. I want to see them reach their potentials!

What was the first concert you ever went to?

BH: Van Halen, OU812 tour

What was the best concert you ever went to?

BH: Fleetwood Mac! It is one of my wife’s favorite bands and I got her the tickets for Christmas 2 years ago. I like their music, but my wife was so happy that she cried while we were at the concert, and my wife is not a crier. She had thought that she would never get a chance to see them because they are getting really old, but they put on an amazing show and I gave my wife a chance to cross something off her bucket list!

Mr. Hantak is an English teacher and coach for the soccer team.