On October 11, WGLZ DJ Alexander Ayers interviewed Weir Middle School Physical Education teacher and Track coach Mr. John Pennacchio Jr. Alex chose to interview Mr. Pennacchio because he finds that he can learn a lot from someone who has a lot of experience over the years as a teacher. At the start of the interview, Alex asked where Mr. Pennacchio went to school to become a Physical Education teacher. Mr. Pennacchio stated that he attended West Liberty State College with a major in Physical Education and graduated in the class of 1983. After West Liberty, he worked at a couple elementary schools around the Weirton area in the mid 1980’s.
Later, he switched jobs from working as a teacher to working for U.S. Airways at the Pittsburgh International Airport for several years. Once he was done working for U.S. Airways. He went back to teaching and got a job as a Physical Education teacher at Weir Middle School in Weirton, WV. He considers being a teacher more than just a job. It’s a passion for him to make sure his students succeed. Instead of just being a teacher, he sees himself as a role model for his students.