A Different Way of Teaching

by Nicole Healy

A teacher and a coach should inspire, motivate, and lead. Naugatuck High School’s Kevin Wesche does all three.

Naugy’s Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) teacher and head coach of volleyball and softball has made an impact on many students and faculty in the school. But would they believe he wasn’t the best high school student himself?

Wesche says during his days as a student “education at the time wasn’t a top priority. The school’s guidance counselors even told his parents that “I would never amount to anything.”

Fast forward thirty years, his students and players disagree.

Anthony Angiolillo, senior at NHS had Wesche for a video gaming & design class his junior year. He says Wesche has a “different way of teaching” compared to other staff at NHS. “He provides us with hands-on real life experiences.”

Student athlete Jenna Massicotte plays for Wesche in both volleyball and softball and has played all three years she’s been in high school. She says as her coach, “He’s a smart guy, he knows his stuff.” Her only complaint is his wit. Wesche likes to joke around with his students and players, and sometimes his sarcasm may be taken literally.

Wesche had coached softball as the volunteer assistant coach for two years, and has thirteen years as head coach under his belt. He had been the assistant coach of the volleyball team for a decade, and became the head coach for the 2013 fall season. He has also coached football, baseball, and basketball.

Wesche became a coach because he “loves athletes, competitiveness, and had two tech teachers in high school who told him he had the ability to break things down into small pieces for others to understand.”

Sara Scrofani, web design teacher, has known Wesche since she started teaching at Naugatuck High School ten years ago. But she believes he has changed his high school perception of himself. “He has great character, and that hasn’t changed.”

Scrofani believes he is very successful because “I don’t think success is determined by grades, it’s if you can be a lifelong learner.” His experience of coaching has given him a different approach to helping his students and athletes learn. He takes both his own mistakes and the mistakes of past coaches he has worked with and learns from them. That is true wisdom.

On a personal note, Kevin Wesche has taught me a lot of lessons in my three years playing volleyball with him. He motivates me to be the best person I can be, on and off the court. His wisdom in the sport cannot be duplicated, and I hope someday that I can make him proud to say he gave me my start in the sport I love.

 

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