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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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Kari Lynn Schlegel

March 4, 1992—December 15, 2016

Kari Schlegel was born in March 1992 and graduated from South Hills in September 2012.

The Kari Lynn Schlegel Memorial Gallery is named in memory of Kari Schlegel, a lifelong Bellefonte resident and 2012 graduate of the Graphic Arts program at South Hills.

Kari was often the exclamation point in any story about the Class of 2012. Her effervescent good mood, enthusiasm, and seemingly endless supply of optimism and positive spirit was infusive, lighting up the classroom.

Kari (right) is shown with her beloved sister, Mindy.

Her classmates still laugh at the memory of Kari wearing her bunny slippers on the Graphic Arts field trip to New York City. Groan-worthy puns and jokes? Kari had a volume of them. She delighted in sharing stories and photos of her four beloved cats as well as trivia and tales of Harry Potter and Disney World. She was a rare combination of innocence, maturity, trust, and hope. She was filled with a joy of life and an unconditional love for her friends, her family, her pets… and people she just met. That was Kari Schlegel.

Kari dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow for the South Hills “BooFest” Halloween party in 2012.

She loved her school, even coming back to audit several GA classes after graduating. Kari also particularly enjoyed returning to South Hills every summer to perform as part of the Music Picnic Series with the Bellefonte Community Band.

Kari died December 15, 2016, in a tragic automobile accident. It’s a loss everyone who knew her still feels. In the end, Kari truly lived her life with passion and joy, treating others as she wanted to be treated: with love, compassion, and respect.