Name: Andrew Fiala
School and subjects taught: Payson High School: Life Science, Conceptual Physics and Advanced Placement (AP) Physics.
College degree and major: Geology: Earth and Space Science Secondary Education.
Years teaching: Almost one year.
Why do you teach? I am always in pursuit of knowledge and teaching allows me to explore science while engaging students in the same topic.
Personal motto / words of wisdom: “Make no little plans, they have no power to stir men’s souls.” — Daniel Burnham.
Family: I have three brothers, Jeff, Ryan and Michael. I also have a wonderful mother and father.
Pet peeve: When people do not give themselves the opportunity to succeed.
Favorite hobby or leisure activity: I love to get away from it all and go camping.
Person in history you’d most like to meet and why: I would definitely want to meet Albert Einstein. It’s not like I think I could carry on a conversation with him, I just want to sit in his presence for a while. I might be able to learn from him by osmosis.
Why Payson? Payson started out as a shot in the dark for me and I have really grown to love the outdoor activities it has to offer.
In school, who was your favorite teacher and why? Mr. Corcoran was my favorite teacher because he inspired me to pursue higher education in science. In addition, he managed to fit in a ton of Dr. Seuss movies into the environmental science curriculum.
What was your favorite subject in school and why? My favorite subject was Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology. This class was incredibly exciting as we learned about cataclysmic events that shaped the world.
What was your favorite year in school and why? Senior year was my favorite year of high school because I knew that I was moving onto bigger and better things.