I was instructed to interview the the math teacher of the school, Mr. Stedjee, so I met up with him during his applied math class to ask him about his life. Stedjee didn't seem all that thrilled at first when I told him I wanted to interview him, but was very resourceful in his responses. I began with asking him about his personal life and where his family originated from, which came with a response of, “Oh boy, all over northern Europe.”
I then began to ask questions about his childhood and where he was raised. Stedjee grew up in Modesto, CA where he lived with his family till the age of 18 before heading off to college. I asked Stedjee if he had a family of his own, and he informed me that Ms. Stedjee has passed but he has a son named Jeff. Then I asked why in the heck Stedjee moved out to little old Halfway. He replied with, “Small towns are nice and the community is nice too.”I asked Stedjee if he could live anywhere else right now, where he would go, which was a big debate for him. “I would like to live in Europe at times, but really I would like to live on the coast and sail.”
I then wanted to know more about Stedjee’s school life. Stedjee spent his elementary through high school years in Modesto, where he was a runner in track. Stedjee said his time as a student was like most people -it had its good and bad times. I asked him what his big challenges were as a student and he couldn’t think of much but it definitely wasn’t academics. After high school, Stedjee went on to attend UC Berkeley with a full ride thanks to his amazing academic scores. He majored in German and can still speak it with no problems. He did not attend any clubs through college because he was so focused on his academics. His biggest challenge as a college student was taking on too much at once, but Stedjee powered through it. He describe his overall time as a college student as enjoyable.
I then wanted to know more about his work life. Mr. Stedjee’s first job was working in a bookstore, He considers himself to be a hard worker but like everyone we have our lazy times. He also taught business English in Germany at Luneburg for four year which he said was very enjoyable. I asked Stedjee what else he has done throughout his life. He has been all over Europe,
and Canada, but he says traveling around Europe is much nicer. Truly Stedjee is a man who has seen much of the world, more than most of us in Halfway.