Q&A with ... Bob Prost, Geometry teacher
Bob Prost is a hidden gem, one of those teachers with a wealth of real-world experience that he brings to his classroom at Vianney. He’s been a busy man in his six years here, heading up the school’s Avionics Club, Robotics Club, Guitar Club. He is also a member of the Liturgical band for Masses. We caught up with Bob to talk about his life, his family, and his time at Vianney.
FAMILY: Wife: Diane. Sons: David (senior at Vianney), Luke (sophomore at Vianney), and Brian (age 22), who will attend University of Colorado next fall for a degree in the music business.
DEGREES: Prost holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri S&T and a Secondary Math certification from UMSL.
CAREER: Bob worked at Dow Corning Corporation in Midland, MI and in Cincinnati, OH as a project-facilities engineer. He worked for Fisher Process Industries in Cincinnati as a technical sales representative, and for Fortec Medical in Cincinnati as a medical equipment sales rep.
He also drove a truck for FedEx for about a year and a half when he was laid off and “between jobs.” He secured a teaching job at the Construction Careers Center Charter School where he taught Physics, Algebra I, Algebra II, “Construction” Math, and of course his favorite subject - Geometry.
Why teach? It’s the best gig in town ... I get to work with the future leaders of the business world TODAY! Who knows, I could end up working for one of these guys some day! There’s nothing better in the world than to witness that “A-ha” moment that a student has when a challenging concept suddenly makes perfect sense. I live for those moments!
Q: If you could have dinner with any three historical figures, who would you invite?
A: Abraham Lincoln, Mozart, and Elvis (I’m a fan of peanut butter and banana sandwiches also).
Q: If you could sum up your life in a memorable line from a movie, what is that line?
“Get busy livin’, or get busy dyin’!” (Shawshank Redemption).
Q: What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
A: I’ve rappelled off a 200 foot cliff in Mexico ... I’ll never do it again.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
A: Cabo San Lucas, at one of those “all-inclusive” places where the toughest decision you have to make is between the Lobster Bisque or the Chateau Briand.
Q: What has been the best thing about being a father for you?
A: Watching my kids grow, watching them learn from their mistakes, and watching them realize that I was right after all.
Q: If money were no issue, I’d ...
A: I'd bring the unemployment rate down to ZERO, and give everyone a job. Everybody needs a purpose in this life.
Q: When I can find a moment of spare time ...
A: I like to discover new styles/genres of music. My three sons have recently gotten me to accept “electronic dub-step.”
Q: What is one thing people do not know about you?
Other than playing in a rock-band (Nitrous, named after the gas that puts you to sleep ... I know, it’s a long story), I’m a HUGE dog lover. We own three dogs, and foster dogs on the weekends through a pet-rescue agency by the name of “Diana’s Grove,” where my wife is a board member.
Q: What are you most proud of accomplishing in your life?
A: Finding someone to stay married to me for 25 years.
Q: How would you like to be remembered? What do you want your legacy to be?
A: Nothing grandiose. I just hope and pray with all my might that my students take more out of my classroom than Geometry.
Teaching is about connections with the human spirit, and my real legacy will be seen through the prism of my student’s future successes. I just want to live long enough to watch it happen.