Hello! My name is John Eckenrode and I am the 6th grade science and social studies teacher. This is my first year at GEMS and my first year teaching. I am currently attending The Ohio State University to obtain my Master’s degree in Reading and Literacy in Early and Middle Childhood. I attended Bluffton University and received a BA in Middle Childhood Education with concentrations in Social Studies and Language Arts and I have a science endorsement. While at Bluffton I played soccer and tennis. Outside of school I enjoy playing soccer, tennis, and volleyball and playing my Nintendo Switch.