Welcome to fourth grade! My name is Mr. Zimmerman and I am excited that you are in my class this year. This will be my sixth year teaching at Fritz Elementary. Before teaching, I graduated from Lancaster Bible College. Last year in 2016, I received my Master’s Degree from Immaculata University in Educational Leadership with a STEM concentration (science, technology, engineering, and math), which included several trips to Goddard Space Flight Center.
Four years ago, I introduced Odyssey of the Mind (OM), a fun problem solving and character building extracurricular activity to Fritz Elementary. We had six teams compete this past year and FOUR of those teams competed at states in Pittsburgh, PA. One of the teams received 1st place at the State Finals. This achievement qualified them to compete at the World Finals in Lansing, Michigan. During the fun-filled trip to Michigan, the Fritz OMers placed 15th out of 57 teams from all across the globe. They competed against China, Mexico, Poland, Hong Kong, and many teams from the USA.
I am excited to see where the Fritz students take OM this year!
Outside of teaching, some of my other favorite things are reading, music, baking, hiking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. I enjoy singing, playing the piano, and writing music, as well as listening to and attending concerts of a wide variety of music.
In my spare time you will usually find me trying new recipes in the kitchen and trying to decorate a new kind of cake or cupcakes. I also enjoy traveling which has provided me with experiences that will last a lifetime. I’ve spent time in Mexico, Haiti, Jamaica, Costa Rica, France, Italy, England, Ireland, and Israel on different mission, leadership, and family trips.
Currently I live in Ephrata, but I grew up on a dairy farm in Lebanon County where most of my family lives today. We like to stay close and I enjoy spending time with them all, especially my young nieces and nephews.
That is a bit about me. Now I look forward to getting to know you and spending the year ahead together!