Hi! My name is Steven Spink. I am a Physical Education teacher at CVA. This is my first year with the district but I have been teaching six years.
What do you like best about what you do?
What I like best about teaching Physical Education is seeing the excitement on kids’ faces when they succeed in the sport or activity that is being taught to them.
Where are you involved outside of school and what do you like best about it?
I am involved in a non-profit organization called Kids Oneida outside of school. I mentor kids in the community and work groups/recs for them. What I like best about it is showing the kids the right way how to act in the community and being a role model for them.
What former jobs have you held?
A couple former jobs of mine are Marquee Cinemas (supervisor), Herb Philipson’s (sales associate) and Utica City School District (Physical Education teacher).
Where were you educated?
I was educated at Mohawk Valley Community College for two years, then I transferred to SUNY Cortland where I finished up my Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. I then went on and received my Master’s Degree from Emporia State University.
Where have you lived?
I have lived in Cortland, NY and Utica, NY
If you could do anything on a weekend, what would you do?
There are a couple things I would do on a weekend. I would love to go out fishing, camping, and hiking or be in the woods hunting. I love to go to sporting events and to go visit my brother, sister-in-law and my nephew.
What is your favorite television show/movie/actor?
My favorite television show is a very easy one, it is ESPN. I really do not watch much television but when I do it is either the Yankees (MLB), Titans (NFL), Syracuse football and basketball (NCAA) or ESPN.
My favorite movie of all time is Rocky. A lot of people think it is just a boxing movie, but it sends a deeper message then that about perseverance, working hard and overcoming obstacles in life.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
If I could go anywhere in the world I would love to go visit Hawaii. I want to go just to visit Pearl Harbor, which is a historical site.