Attempting to squeeze every drop out of his time in this world, Mr. Halter, your humble English teacher, lives to improve his life and the lives of those around him, to travel the world, explore new ideas, and to limit the regrets that could be, realizing that he should continuously be striving toward being the best version of himself.
My true passion is to change the world for the better. Each and every day.
This wasn’t always my passion though. When I was younger, I wanted to be an astronaut, a musketeer, Batman, Peter Pan, He-Man, and even a power ranger (the white or green one!). In fact, on second thought, maybe I did want to change the world for the better as a young kid! I mean, who could do that better than Batman?
As I grew older and experienced more than just watching TV and my favorite films, I learned there is a bit more to life than just entertaining myself and aspiring to be something. I had to actually get to the act of being something worth aspiring to. Otherwise, what’s the point of living?
Traveling around the country packed in a tiny Toyota Camry with my parents and siblings on our summer adventures, I began to think bigger, realizing that the world is vast and full of opportunities. With each new destination I learned more and more about life and began to develop my non-negotiable desire to continue exploring the world.
I have been to 37 different countries and 39 U.S. states, and the irony is that very little has changed since I was a little boy. Instead of aspiring to be Batman, I now aspire to be Iron Man but still fall woefully short. Although, I will always maintain that I am Iron Man.
At this point, I have settled for being a high school teacher, adjunct professor, wrestling coach, and international travel leader, but I’ve assembled the pieces of a pretty good life from those things. I’m not quite sure I’ve discovered the real meaning of life just yet, but I do know that making my corner of the world better is the thing that makes the most sense to me right now. So I’ll keep plodding away and giving that my best effort. Each and Every Day.
Until life teaches me something else… It is a journey after all, and I still have work to do to get to the best version of myself!