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Paul Apfelbeck

Paul Apfelbeck
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When I was in the fifth grade, my friend Russell Attwater and I decided to recreate Mad magazine. We were 10 years old, and we didn’t have much imagination, but we loved Mad magazine, so we set about making our own. He later attended the Rhode Island School of Design to become an artist, and I wandered the world for a while before writing for radio and newspapers. That magazine was a great start.  

That writing career wasn’t really what I wanted, though. In the second grade, I’d play teacher for my sister, who was in kindergarten. I always wanted to be a teacher, but my high school counselor told me that I should become a lawyer, and I believed him, at least until I failed at it. Afterwards, I became a journalist, but I was always a little dissatisfied. Finally, I got my chance after I was fired from The Frontiersman, and I took the opportunity at the age of 40 to do what I had always wanted to do.  

I started working in Galena in 2001 as a language arts teacher and took the job as media and information technology teacher in 2014. Galena has been a great place to work. I love the community and enjoy working with the young people. My wife and I own a home here, where I have extensive gardens and greenhouses. My son Joe graduated from Galena in 2016 Next year, I’ll be teaching classes in photography, 3D modeling, advanced computer applications, and computer applications. I’d like to combine the journalism and broadcasting classes next year when we have a normal contingent of students at our school.  

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