My name is Lawrence Voelger and I have been teaching social studies in the middle school for almost ten years. I coach Junior Varsity Lacrosse, Middle School Football, and am the advisory for the sixth grade Frost Valley field trip.
I am a combat veteran, having fought in the War on Terrorism in Iraq from 2004-2005. I served with the 69th Infantry as we helped lead Iraq through their first free elections in January of 2005, and patrolled Airport Road in Baghdad. My experience at war as taught me many things that I try and bring to my students and classroom. I am proud of my service and will never forget those days my nation.
We all have stories and we all want to be somebody. I wasn’t going to create this page but my wife thought it might inspire some students to more with themselves. So here it is.
I was born in and raised in Mastic Beach N.Y., in 1980. I am my father’s son through and through. He taught me about history and life with such enthusiasm and excitement that I still remember every lesson he taught me. I knew I wanted to be a teacher since I was in middle school.
I joined the United States Army after September 11, 2001 to help protect my country. I was a little naive and silly, but I figured life experience to share when I became a teacher would be a good thing. I joined the infantry and got my cross-rifles from Ft Benning Georgia in 2002.,
I was deployed to Iraq in 2004.
Often my students will ask about my days at war. I always try to be honest but sometimes its hard. I must remember to use this as a learning opportunity for my students. The older I get the less I feel like talking about it. I lost many friends in Iraq.