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Meet staff member Jeffrey Mower

Photo CVA teacher Jeff MowerHi! My name is Jeffrey Mower. I teach English 9 and Monsters in Literature and Film at Central Valley Academy.

What do you like best about what you do?

What I love best about teaching is the interactions with students, watching them grow throughout the year, and having every day different than any previous day.

What former jobs have you held?

When I was 13, I delivered papers for a summer…poorly. During college I worked for the United States Postal Service delivering mail in the village of Mohawk by day and bartending at a local establishment at night. I began teaching at Mohawk Central School in 1993 and have been at Central Valley since its inception.

Where were you educated?

I am a 1988 graduate of Mohawk Central School and a 1992 graduate from SUNY Cortland with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary English and a Master’s degree in Reading.

If you could do anything on a weekend, what would you do?

I would love to spend my weekends sleeping late and then either outside enjoying the sunshine with family and friends on a boat, spending an evening at a nice restaurant or traveling. During the winter months I enjoy being mat-side coaching the Central Valley wrestling team.

What book and/or author are you currently reading?

In school I am currently reading Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare and The Curse of the Werewolf by Stephen King. For leisure I am reading No Angel by Jay Dobyns.

If we were to listen to your iPod or sound system, what would be playing?

Bruce Springsteen, Iron Maiden, Disney World Podcasts.

What is your favorite television show/movie/actor?

I enjoy watching Survivor (I have never missed an episode since it began in 2000), The Walking Dead and Yankee baseball. My all-time favorite movie is Jaws.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

My vacations vary between a Boardwalk room at Walt Disney World or a beach house on The Outer Banks. However I love going on cruises to tropical islands and hope to someday visit Europe.

What one thing would you share that people might not know about you?

I love being a dad to my 10 year old daughter more than anything.