Mr. Stephen Batchelder
Years teaching and administrating at JMPS: Since the beginning. (2000-2001, i.e., sixteen years)
Before JMPS: I owned and ran a retail toy store (The Toy Chest) in Minnesota and concurrently owned and ran a commercial leasing company (Audax, Inc.). Before that I worked at a hotel in Minneapolis. I have worked as a bookkeeper, a movie theater cashier, a sales worker for R.J. Reynolds, a little league baseball coach, a youth football coach, a youth ice hockey coach, a youth baseball umpire, and a youth baseball league commissioner.
Educational History: B.A. in history from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. 1986.
Courses taken in radio broadcasting at Brown Institute in Minneapolis.
High School diploma - Faribault Senior High School, Faribault, Minnesota. 1982.
Activities involved with in college: Four Years Intercollegiate Baseball (Captain in Senior Year), One Year Campus Newspaper (Sports Columnist), Three Years Gregorian Chant Group (Schola Cantorum)
Activities involved with in high school: Baseball, Ice Hockey, Theater, Orchestra, Yearbook, Speech
Educational Philosophy: I believe in small schools and small classes. I believe in a traditional education with a particular emphasis on American history. I believe in closed campuses, orderly classrooms, dress codes, full school days, and full school years. I believe in a positive, upbeat, and busy school campus. I believe high school is a place where young people should explore a wide variety of traditional subjects and extracurricular opportunities; college is where specialization should begin. And I believe that school should emphasize good character just as much as strong academics. I agree with Teddy Roosevelt, who said, “To educate a person in mind and not morals is to educate a menace to society.”
Hobbies: Reading nonfiction – particularly history, biography, and philosophy
Lifelong sports fan – particularly baseball, football, basketball, golf, and tennis. Playing the piano. I enjoy a wide variety of music including classical, ragtime, classic rock, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, some jazz, R & B, and, of course, show tunes. I guess I like pretty much everything except country western and rap.
Favorite Movie: “The Sting” starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and Robert Shaw.
Favorite Books: “Witness” by Whittaker Chambers; “The Road to Serfdom” by Friedrich von Hayek; “Patton. A Genius for War” by Carlo D’Este; "The Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell; "The Razor's Edge" by W. Somerset Maugham; "Act One" by Moss Hart; "The Big Short" by Michael Lewis; "Eat Bacon, Don't Jog" by Grant Petersen; "Good Calories, Bad Calories" by Gary Taubes.