About Mr. Spiece
The 2022-23 school year will be my 22nd year in the classroom, and my 2nd year at Pamlico County High School. I had a great first year here at PCHS and I'm looking forward to seeing what year two has in store!
I made the decision to become a teacher when I was in the 6th grade and I never changed my mind. I grew up in New Bern, NC and graduated from New Bern High School in 1996. While attending New Bern High School I played football and wrestled. Playing college football was a major goal of mine growing up, and although the ACC schools weren't beating down my door, I did get the opportunity to play football at Methodist College (now Methodist University) in Fayetteville, NC. Attending Methodist was one of the best things that could have happened to me. Many of my coaches and professors were passionate about investing into the lives of young people and I benefited greatly from their efforts.
I wasn't a very good student in high school and I discovered quickly during my first semester at Methodist that I wasn’t prepared to be a college student. I was way behind and after a very disappointing freshman year I knew that I would have to give great effort in order to catch up. I came up with a plan. I decided that I would start putting in 40-hour work weeks. I woke up early in the morning, followed a productive routine, went to football practice, and finished up with dinner in the evening. The results were almost immediate. It wasn't perfect, and I still had some tough times, but I was on the right track.
That summer, after my freshman year in college, I was just beginning to understand what it takes to become, what I now call, a "Master Student."
My classes and I will be exploring what it means to be a "Master Student" as a means of encouraging growth. It is my personal goal to see all of my students become self-directed, life-long learners and Master Students!
In addition to teaching in the Social Studies department here at Pamlico County High School, I am also an assistant football coach, assistant wrestling coach, head boys golf coach, and the Rho Kappa advisor. In my spare time I love to play chess, read, and write. I am a huge fan of the Atlanta Braves (2021 World Series Champs!) and Carolina Panthers (I know. I know), and I love attending ACC wrestling matches. I love the beach and breakfast food. I am passionate about personal financial literacy and I co-host a podcast with a friend of mine called Financially Independent Teachers. The show focuses on helping teachers (and other middle-income earners) to build wealth. I love teaching young people about personal finances and encouraging them to avoid the many mistakes that I have made over the years.
I am looking forward to a great school year!