By Jayna Hill Posted: November 6, 2008
Out in the countryside of Ireland, you see the outline of a man biking alongside tall purple and golden mountains. You watch him closely, noticing that he does not give up after hours of hard strenuous peddling. This man is determined to reach the top of the mountain, and nothing is going to stop him. This man is Mr. Jeff Setzer.
Who would have thought that a man, a teacher here at Lowry would be found riding his bike in Ireland? Setzer is a teacher many Lowry High School students respect Mr. Setzer. He is dedicated to his job and gives students the academic attention they need. Setzer has been teaching at Lowry since 1997. Setzer’s twelve years at Lowry shows his immense dedication to the school and his students. Setzer’s hobbies include bike riding and traveling, some of the places Setzer has traveled to include Ireland, Washington and Oregon.
Setzer was born in the town of Spokane in Eastern Washington. As a child, he and his family moved around quite a bit. His father was in the military so he was never in one place for an extended amount of time. Throughout his childhood, Setzer lived in an array of places, including Washington State, California, North Carolina, New York, Alabama, Germany, England.
Setzer went to Victor Valley High School, in Victorville, California.
During high school, Setzer focused mainly on academics, which didn’t leave him any time to be involved in extra-curricular activities. Setzer finished his education at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Shortly after graduating from UNR, Setzer moved to Winnemucca to be closer to his parents. Because he was successful in high school, and often put together study groups for his friends, he thought becoming a teacher would be a good occupation for him. Setzer majored in History during college but now teaches English at Lowry.
Setzer revealed his misgivings about a trend in American schools, “I see the biggest problem as being a concern for the students in the middle academically – the ones who aren’t in the advanced programs or the special education programs. My concern is that they don’t always have enough resources or enough attention paid to what is best for their educational needs.”
Aside from this, Setzer finds the ambiguity of his career to be most disheartening. “You can’t really know if you’re successful until you look five to ten years down the road,” he said.