“He expects us to learn. He wants us to learn. I can see it. He really cares about us as people. He wants us to be well rounded and successful.”
“Mr. Hymas is able to take concepts that apply to American History and apply them to the world today. He is able to open our minds and allow us to think about the different views of different concepts.”
“Mr. Hymas teaches with a sincere desire to touch the lives of his students in a positive way every day. He is more concerned with each student learning to love the process of truly gaining knowledge than to simple ace his class.”
“He has a deep love for the Constitution and wants to help youth especially, to understand the principles upon which this nation was built. Jeff has vision and is mission-driven. He…wants to inspire his students to own their own education.”
“Mr. Hymas is an awesome teacher. He is able to get on the same level as us students and look at things from our point of view. He is also very open and recognizes that the teacher is learning along with the students.”
Family — ShaRee and I have 9 children. We run a full-time circus with free admission. ShaRee is the most incredible ringmaster you’ll ever meet.
Hobbies — We like doing activities that involve sports, games, competitions, singing and working. We love traveling as a family to the Oregon Coast.
Education — Masters in Business Administration from Idaho State University, B.S. in Business Management from BYU (Magna Cum Laude)
Why Teaching? — I really want to get into peoples’ lives. I really want to help them change. It took me about 15 years into my human resources and political career to realize that there was no better place for me to be than in the classroom in order to accomplish my goals.
Personal Passion — I spent years studying and preparing lectures on the Constitution. After coming to AHS and watching the patriotic program I was thrilled to find that nearly every famous quote from the Founding Fathers in the production was a staple quote in one of my presentations. That was a fun tender mercy for me.
What have you learned at AHS? — This may not be particular to AHS, but I have learned that teaching is an incredibly demanding career. You put it all on the line. You give every last ounce of effort and time and passion and, then you smile and love and listen when things don’t work out exactly how you were hoping they would. I’ve learned that students are people and that people aren’t perfect. I’ve also learned that teachers aren’t perfect and they are people too.
Legacy — I hope to someday figure out how to reach a wide array of students in a way that transcends grades and traditional classroom learning. I hope to model and to inspire a true love of learning based on the godly pursuit of learning and becoming more for the sake of enjoying and appreciating all God has to offer us.
“There’s nothing quite as beautiful as a student who wants to learn. A student who soaks up life and truth is a precious and beautiful gift to everyone around him or her – and especially to his or her teacher.”
— Mr. Hymas
One of the Highlights of My Curriculum
I love object lessons. I think they bring us into the curriculum. My favorite experience thus far has been the class period I took to discuss the revolutionary war and the sacrifices that were made on our behalf.
I first secured an oath of silence from each student for the entire 72-minute class period. Then, with two large tubs of ice and students standing in them until they were numb, I recounted to them the story of some of the battles of the revolution and then the desperate plea of General Washington to his men when they were half frozen to stay past their enlistment date and fight with him when he crossed the Delaware.
I ended with the quote from Abigail Adams, “I wonder if future generations will ever know what we have suffered on their behalf.” I substituted their individual names into the quote in the place of “future generations” and eventually changed the quote to be attributed to Jesus Christ.
You could cut the spirit with a knife. When the bell rang, several students just sat in their seats and pondered the message. I was grateful to be there that day as an instrument in reaching their hearts and to feel with them the sweet spirit of God.