Donald E. Kissel

Title: Retired Industrial Art Educator
Location: North Port, Florida, United States

Donald Kissel, Retired Industrial Art Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in industrial arts.

Industrial arts programs have long prepared students for life outside of school, providing training and education in wood, metal, and also technical and trade skills. For more than 25 years, Mr. Kissel remained dedicated to teaching these classes, colloquially known as shop classes, in Ohio. Mr. Kissel was inspired to teach industrial arts while he was in high school. He found the classes in his school to be incredibly rewarding and endeavored to bring the quality level of education he received to future generations. While his Sunday school teacher encouraged him to become a minister, Mr. Kissel maintained that he wanted to become an industrial arts educator.

Mr. Kissel taught in Cleveland from 1960 to 1973 and resumed teaching in Brecksville, Ohio from 1973 to 1980. Early in his career, Mr. Kissel worked during a tumultuous time in the country with segregation still rampant. Mr. Kissel worked at a high school that was all white students. He was then transferred to a junior high school that was comprised of all black students. He knew he was making a difference with these students when he received a phone call from the mother of one of these students thanking him for what he done for the student.

Prior to teaching, Mr. Kissel served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956. While teaching at the Brecksville High School, Mr. Kissel also served as the tennis coach from 1975 to 1985. While he is retired, he has remained active in a number of civic engagements. From 2001 to 2005, he was a driver for Meals on Wheels. From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Kissel contributed his skills as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. He has also been a member of Kiwanis International, the Masons, the North Port Chorale and the Music Ministry at Saint Paul’s Presbyterian Church.

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