Greg Silha
Greg Silha
Greg Silha connected the knee bone to the thigh bone and put it in motion.

"When I was little, I wanted to grow up to be a doctor," said Silha, Chatfield Elementary's new paraprofessional. Instead of telling patients to say "Ah," he corralled students and sent them running on the ball field and basketball court, showing them exactly what their bones were meant to do. "I was a physical education teacher for more than 28 years."

He graduated from high school "a long, long, long time ago," and from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse "four years after a long, long, long time ago," in 1971. He chose to become a teacher because he felt he could help children achieve and succeed.

His career was spent in the Rochester school district for 28 years and he then served as a substitute teacher.

"I did a number of days of substitute teaching in Chatfield last year, and I was impressed with the students and staff. I'm looking forward to working with the kids, to the challenge of working with the kids," he said.

Silha is up for and ready to do "whatever the classroom teacher decides for the students," and feels that the most important things they should learn are "respect and responsibility."

"As a paraprofessional, I hope to help the students stay focused on the task at hand, and work hard at completing that task, whatever it is," he added. "I'd like to help them understand that they have the power to achieve whatever they choose as long as they work hard at it."

Silha lives in Elgin with his family. "I'm married, and we have three children - hers, mine, and ours. Jaesen, 19, is my wife's daughter, Dominic, 19, is my son, and Leo, 9, is our son."

He enjoys spending his spare time with his family and pursuing outdoor activities.