Good Talk: Ms. Kneidel

Ryan Nash, Senior Staff Writer

What is your average day at NASH like? 

My day is quite varied. I teach two Resource classes and a Consumer Math class, as well as  co-teaching Astronomy and Fundamentals of Modern American History.

How long have you worked at NASH, where did you work before this, and why did you decide to come to NASH? 

It has been quite the journey. I first worked at a small school in Cameron County, PA, which was about a three-hour drive from Pittsburgh, for six years prior to coming to NASH. Since then, I have remained steady in my career at NASH for 12 years. 

Speaking of career choices, when did you decide to go into the career you are currently in?

I knew from a young age that I wanted to become a teacher. Like many kids I played ‘pretend teacher,’ but what made this different for me was the fact that I played pretend with my brother and sister for hours on end.

What’s your family like? 

I grew up in a small town called St. Marys, PA.  It is about two-and-a-half hours northeast of Pittsburgh. I have two brothers and one sister.  I also have a husband, a seven-year old son, and a 3three-year-old son.

For students not in your resource classes, what are some universal tips to keep organized? 

I was not a very organized student. I procrastinated a lot in high school but realized rather quickly that was not going to work very well in college.  I learned I had to plan ahead and work on my assignments daily so I was not rushing the night before the assignment was due. I use what I learned from this time to help students. 

What are some of your hobbies and interests?

I enjoy playing the piano and spending time with my family.

Favorite book? 

I have not read an adult book in a long time, far too busy, but my favorite book to read to my kids is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.  

Favorite movie? 

Cinderella, mostly because it reminds me of my childhood and watching it with my sister. A sort of bridge between the two chapters of my life.