Our Teacher Tuesday series continues with an instructor that has been with us for quite some time. He’s an incredible asset here at Central IN IEC: he’s been a wonderful instructor to his students, and a mentor to our newer teachers. He also helped us judge not one, not two, but THREE competitions this year at the state level for SkillsUSA this past year! We are, of course talking about the one and only…



James E. Meyer (Jim)

Hi Jim! What subject are you teaching this year?


2nd Semester 3rd Yr Lab & 1st Semester 4th Yr Lab



And what is your current occupation?


Retired electrical Engineer, Power Industry since 1969.



How did you first get involved with IEC?


I was asked to teach in 2002. Since that time I have taught 1st YR, 3rd Yr and Labs of 4th Yr.




What are you most excited for this academic year?


Getting started and sharing what I know with students that are willing to seek knowledge and learn the broad spectrum of the basic principles of electricity and how we utilize this energy resource in today’s world.




What is the most rewarding part of your job?


Seeing students grow and mature as they learn and understand the workings of the electrical world.



Tell us a fun fact about yourself!


I enjoy life and have for quite some time. I enjoy woodworking, gardening, mission work and observing God’s creation. I enjoy seeing how things are made and how they work. I enjoy being around people who are trying to get the most out of life by helping themselves and others. Photography is an activity I enjoy and a very good way to record where I have traveled and whom I have met. Through mission work I have met and interacted with people from over 40 countries and 6 continents. 


These are some pictures Jim sent us from Austria. Needless to say, we’re a bit jealous. 



Advice for new students this year?


Study hard but pace yourselves. Plan your week by setting time for your family, work and schooling. Set a specific time to do your studies each week and if possible a short time each day so you are not over burdened. For example, do reading one night, part of the homework another night, write down questions to ask in class, review and look ahead for the next lesson. Do not put off till tomorrow what you can do today. Remember what you learn and store in your mind no one can take away from you. The skills you learn will make you more marketable so you will not have to do what you are doing today for the next 40 years. You should be able to advance to better things. 



Editor’s Note: Tell ’em, Jim! 




What do you like to do in your free time (when your not gallivanting in Europe)?




Editor’s Note: Preach, Jim, preach. 



Anything else you’d like to add?


I look forward to meeting new students and renewing friendships.




Well said! Jim is an incredible source of technical knowledge as well as life advice, making him a wonderful teacher. We know that he will do amazing this school year, as he always does. His dedication to others shines in all aspects of his life: from his mission work to the classroom. Be sure to say Hi when you see him in the office, and welcome him back when he returns stateside in August!