Steve Hole: 37 years teaching in La Crosse School District

Hole also current Logan High School Activities Director

It’s the first day of school for many students in the La Crosse School District, and for some students at Logan High, they’ll be seeing Mr. Hole on their class schedule.

Steve Hole, or Mr. Hole as his students call him, teaches Precalculus at Logan, and has been around for quite some time.

“This would be my 40th year teaching, 37th in La Crosse,” said Hole.

That makes Hole the longest working teacher in the La Crosse School District.

It all started back when Hole attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  The end game was simple, teaching in the building where he walked as a high school freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior.

“I wanted to teach at Logan High School.  I just really have a special place in my heart for this school,” said Hole.

Luckily for Hole, things fell into place.  His first job in the district was in 1979 with Logan Junior High.  He then moved to Logan Middle, followed by another move to Central before moving to his alma mater – Logan High.

“I sometimes will bring it up to my students.  I ask them – do you remember the show ‘Welcome Back Cotter’ and most of them don’t because it was several years ago but that’s kind of how I feel: Coming back home,” said Hole.

But his journey wouldn’t end with a new teaching position.  As if equations and imaginary numbers weren’t enough, 12 years go, Hole was presented with a new challenge.

“The current A.D. got a new job, abruptly just left so they needed someone to fill in and my principal called me and asked if I’d be willing to do it just for a year and I said sure I will.  Then that year went so well that they said – how would you like to keep doing this?” 

Mr. Hole would take on the new position as Activities Director, and even though it offered him and opportunity to leave teaching behind, he decided to do both.

“I didn’t want to give up teaching.  I still love teaching.  I think I learn something everyday.  I think I become better at teaching everyday,” said Hole.

Fast-forward to 2015 – Steve Hole is Logan High’s full-time Activities Director, and still teaches one Precalculus class –  and even though teachers, students, and even chalkboards have come and gone, the feeling on the first day of school remains the same for Logan High School’s Mr. Hole.

“I’ve just learned so much from the kids and I think that as we go through life that awe need to be learning everyday and getting better everyday and the kids provide me with that,” said Hole.

When asked about retirement, Hole hinted at possibly calling it quits at the end of the 2015-16 school year, but still said there’s a few things left to accomplish before leaving Logan.