Growing up, Mr. Olier never truly knew what he wanted to be. In fact, he wanted to be an astronaut as a kid.
However, his life was greatly influenced by that of his uncle who would tell him stories that got him interested in school and learning new things.
In high school, he was on the Academic Decathlon team as well as the wrestling team. One of his favorite times in high school was when his wrestling team made it to CIF.
He always looked up to his old economics teacher as an inspiration. He said, “The teacher was always full of energy and encouraging, it helped to make me feel confident.”
However, he became even more interested in becoming a full-time teacher when he was in Japan.
“I taught high school English at a local high school in Japan, and I loved every second of it. I immediately became involved in clubs, sports, and of course my students were a lot of fun too.” Mr. Olier said.
The language barrier helped to teach him patience and the importance of listening, which he tries to teach his own students.
Sophomore, Stephanie Rand said, “I’m looking forward to his new ways of teaching which he’s brought to Mesa. Already he has introduced unique ways for his classes to learn Spanish.”
Mr. Olier uses videos and Spanish music to supplement his teaching. His students have admitted that he’s always working to make sure you understand the material, even if it takes awhile.
He also said that he is proud to be a Mesa Mustang. And as a fellow Mustang, what he likes about being a teacher is being able to interact with students and to be able to bring them new insights.
“A big part of why I love teaching is the relationships you make throughout the years and that's something I learned to appreciate being in Japan where those relationships are so extremely important,” Mr Olier said.
He finished by saying, “The bonds created with the people you meet, the experiences, and all those former students that even years later remember you, and when you meet them randomly in the streets they fondly greet you, those things are priceless.”
Things You May Not Know About Mr. Olier:
1) He hates liver.
2) He is not married.
3) If he wasn’t a teacher, he would want to be a college professor of linguistics.
4) If he had to live in another era, it would be during the Byzantine Empire’s rule, which is his favorite time period because it is at the end of the Roman Empire; it was full of culture, and very cosmopolitan.
5) If he could have dinner with any famous people from history, it would be Einstein, Plato, Julius Cesar and Alexander the Great to get to know the mentality behind them.