Joe Grum – East Lee Middle School

Our Welcome To Sanford Lee County Teacher of the Week is Joe Grum of East Lee Middle School. Mr. Grum is a seventh-grade social studies teacher and is completing his first year of teaching at East Lee. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Social Studies from Millersville University of Pennsylvania.

When it comes to a teaching philosophy, Mr. Grum likes to go with the flow. “I am a fairly laid back teacher. I like to have an open and honest classroom so the students feel safe to ask me any questions they may have.”

Mr. Grum is proudest of how he is able to have meaningful conversations with his students about difficult subjects. One notable example was his lessons about the Holocaust. “Teaching my students about the Holocaust was very difficult because they did not know much about it and had a lot of challenging questions. Because of this, that made it all the more rewarding when we were able to have very deep discussions about hate and intolerance in our country and the world.”

In his free time, Mr. Grum enjoys reading, fishing and finding new activities and related content for his students.