Mr. Hal Huser

Mr. Huser teaches history and geography to grades six through eight and is an eighth grade homeroom teacher.
Why do you teach?
Since a young age I always felt a calling to teach. There are many reasons I love what I do. I enjoy working with young people and helping them to reach their full potential. I enjoy history and geography and the opportunity to share interesting stories and facts about the world in which we live. Teaching gives me a chance to use my gifts and talents in a meaningful way that allows me to, hopefully, bless others. Having the summers off is a nice perk too.

Why do you teach at Mason Prep?

Teaching in a private school like Mason Prep allows me to have students several years in a row frequently. This lets me really get to know the kids and their families, which is something special that you can’t always duplicate in other schools. Mason Prep also shares my philosophy of education and my values. I feel like I can be “me” here and do my job to the best of my ability.

How do you like to teach?

I figure you should teach the kind of class you wouldn’t mind sitting in. I will use any and all methods at my disposal to help my students learn. I usually do guided notes with engaging slideshows to teach the main information. To help it sink in, I sometimes perform songs I’ve written about the material. I have also been known to bust out an episode of Huser Stuffed Animal Theater to enhance a unit (whether it’s the saga of Henry VIII or the causes of World War I). I like to appeal to lots of learning styles, so we do art activities, creative writing, discussions and debates, simulations, role-plays, and fun review games to wrap it all up. Every year I try to make my class a little more interactive and student-centered.

What do you want your students to get from having known you?

My goal is to help raise students who can think for themselves, make good choices, and bless others with their abilities and talents. If I can teach a little knowledge, impart a little wisdom, make someone laugh or feel better about themselves, and give kids an opportunity to shine, then I have done my job well.

What is the most important life lesson that you want your students to take from your class?

I’d like them to realize that there are a lot of different kinds of people in this world, and we don’t all have to be the same. You can enjoy who you are and what you’re into without thinking less of someone who has a different ethnicity, outlook on life, or interests. Kindness and respect go a long way.

What do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy reading, action/sci fi movies, video games, bicycling, and travel. I enjoy hanging out with my wife of 20 years and my two daughters. I look forward to the day when Mason Prep funds my summer vacations overseas so I can do “social studies research”. You know—for the children.

Any interesting facts about yourself?

I got to be an extra on several episodes of Army Wives when it was filming here. I am functionally fluent in Spanish because I lived in Argentina for several years (my dad was a colonel in the U.S. army and was stationed there three times). I can create a quality greeting card or poem for any occasion in under half an hour.
Mason Preparatory School is committed to the education of the whole child in preparation for secondary education through the cultivation of respect, integrity, and personal responsibility within a nurturing environment that results in a productive citizen of a global community.