Talking with Teachers, Episode 3. Guest: Jeff Thomas

On the third episode of “Talking with Teachers,” I’ve gone outside MSU to interview Jeff Thomas, Sweet Home High School’s business education teacher. Thomas has been at Sweet Home High School in Amherst, NY (a suburb of Buffalo) for over 20 years and has taught a number of different business and media courses. In the interview, Thomas talks about how he got into teaching, and the differences between business courses and typical core high school classes. He highlights the importance of business education in high school, how it can help kids going into college, and what business classes are offered at Sweet Home now. Thomas also touches on his personal struggles of teaching an elective course in high school.

Talking with Teachers, Episode 2. Guest: MSU Instructor David Watson

On the second episode of “Talking with Teachers,” I am joined by another Michigan State University employee, College of Arts and Letters faculty member, Dave Watson. Not only does Watson teach at Michigan State, he also has classes at Jackson College and is in a program known as the PEI (Prison Education Initiative), where he teaches inmates at Cooper St. Correctional Facility in Jackson. In the interview Watson talks about how he got into teaching, what his courses can offer and what it’s like teaching in a prison.

Coach Steve Finamore, from Brooklyn to East Lansing High School

Finamore’s road to coaching has been long and a bit different than most coaches’ paths. The Brooklyn, New York native came to Michigan in 1996 and ironically served on Tom Izzo’s staff at Michigan State from 1999-2001.

Since then he’s coached at Jackson Community College, St. Peter’s University in New Jersey and has worked one-on-one with numerous college and professional players from all over Michigan.