Faculty/Staff Spotlight: Mark Gentzel – South Hills School of Business & Technology
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Faculty/Staff Spotlight: Mark Gentzel

The Gentzel family at Disney
  • Mark Gentzel with his PAPSA teaching award
  • The Gentzel family at Disney
  • Retired SHSBT Instructor Pam Ferguson and Mark Gentzel
  • Mark Gentzel, his family, and SHSBT LWT Director Barb Harer
  • Mark Gentzel with a huge fish he caught
  • Mark Gentzel, his family, and SHSBT LWT Director Barb Harer

Faculty Spotlight on Mark Gentzel, General Education Instructor

1What’s your position at South Hills and how long have you worked here?
I have worked at South Hills since March of 2004. I currently teach English, psychology, and human relations.
2What do you like most about your job?
Hands down, I love the students!
3Do you have any hidden talents or superpowers?
I play bluegrass music, especially on the guitar. Additionally, I can usually hold my own in eating competitions—12 hot dogs in 8 minutes! I played baseball for 21 years. Oh, I am Clark Kent’s twin brother, MARK Kent. Enough said about that!
4What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
When I am not working, I enjoy jamming, fishing, reading, watching college sporting events, and conversing around the kitchen table.
5What’s your favorite TV show/favorite movie?
My favorite television shows are Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Doc Martin, Father Brown, and The Great British Bake Off. My favorite movie is Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.
6What are you reading or what are your favorite books?
I just finished Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult and The Raggedly Man by my cousin, Michael Sprankle. I enjoy realistic fiction, horror stories, mysteries, and non-fiction. One of my favorite books is Green Eggs and Ham.
7What’s your favorite vacation spot & why?
My favorite vacation spot is Disney World because my wife, daughters, and my daughters’ Godparents love it. When they are happy, I am happy. Also, I am allowed to be a “crazy kid” at Disney World.
8What’s your favorite food?
What isn’t my favorite food? The only thing I will not eat is plain tofu. However, my favorite foods are Mexican and Asian. I am a sandwich junkie and also relish spicy dishes.
9Do you have a favorite quote?
My students could probably provide you with several quotes. One of my favorites is the following: “You have to stand for something, or you will fall for anything.” My favorite Biblical quote comes from 2 Timothy 1:7 (King James Version): "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." “We all bleed the same.” "Go forth and be nice to each other." "Keep on truckin’!"
10What’s on your “Bucket List?”
I do not have much of a “Bucket List.” With that said, I would like to have a song recorded by a professional musician or group. I also would like to aid in having the stigma removed from mental illness and to help in eliminating bullying and discrimination. I would not turn down the opportunity to sit on PSU’s Men’s Basketball players’ bench during a game, to spend a day with Chamique Holdsclaw, or to spend a day at the Smithsonian Institution.
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