Rev Curtis Binz

7th and 8th grade Religion

Years of teaching: 20+ including Bible teaching



What is your favorite thing about teaching?

I learn as I teach. I learn from the students I teach.

Please describe anything unique or interesting in your background that is relevant to the job.

My Great Grandfather-J.G. Theiss (1883) started a Lutheran School in Alameda. His brother J.W. Theiss was their first Pastor, Emmanuel Lutheran. They were both serving Zion Lutheran in Oakland at the same time.

Who/what inspired you to become a teacher?

A Vicar (pastor intern) at our home church encouraged me to go to Seminary.

Who is someone you really admire and why?

Other than my parents, I admire Martin Luther and the work he did for the Church.

Can you share any favorite quotes?

"We all came from different ships, but we are all in the same boat together." Martin Luther King Jr.

What is the best advice you have ever heard or received?

"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom." Pr. 9:10

"I am happiest when..."

When I hear from a former church member, student, friend, family member who I have not heard from in a long time.

I see a trend moving away from the accumulation of information, to "how do you process that information?" How can that information best serve one another.

What is the coolest or most important (teaching/learning/educational) trend you see today?

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I was born in Arcadia Calif. (Los Angeles), at the same time in the same hospital room that Don Drysdale's (pitcher for L.A. Dodgers) child was born.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

I would like to learn how to play a musical instrument such as the Xylophone.