Q&A with instructor of education Chandra Coblentz


Chandra Coblentz is the newest addition to the education department. She has a bachelor’s of science in elementary education from West Liberty State College and a master’s from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Walden University.

Aviso: Where did you grow up?

Coblentz: For the first eight years of my life I lived in Bridgeport, Ohio and then after that I moved to Wierton, West Virginia, which is just about half an hour away, where my dad’s the pastor of a little church down there. That’s why we moved. So I grew up there and then moved to the Canton area about 12 years ago.

Aviso: What do you like about Malone so far?

Chandra Coblentz is the newest addition to the education department. (Photo by Charley Garwood)

Coblentz: I have enjoyed getting to know the students; really friendly students, really great faculty. They’ve been great to me, just taking me under their wing, telling me everything I need to know, showing me around, just making me feel really welcome. I guess most of all would just be the welcoming environment; I just feel at home here.

Aviso: What did you do before coming here?

Coblentz: I taught in the education department of Stark State. I was there for about six and a half years. I was actually teaching at Malone part time while I was still at Stark State, so it kind of overlapped, but now I’ve been here full time just this semester.

Aviso: What is your favorite fall time drink?

Coblentz: Probably a caramel macchiato from Starbucks, those are really good, or a hot apple cider.

Aviso: What are your hobbies?

Coblentz: I’m in a book club with some friends, I like doing that. I have two little boys and we like to hike together a lot, so we like to try lots of different places in the area, try out new trails. And gardening, too; we have a garden. So, that’s kind of a hobby/work, sort of, but that keeps us busy.

Aviso: Can you name one object in your purse that describes you the best?

Coblentz: Probably a family picture, of my boys and my husband and I, just because my family is huge to me. I think that would probably be the biggest describer because that picture, it says “I’m a mom,” and I like that job.

Aviso: What was the best thing you did over the summer?

Coblentz: We took our boys to Washington, D.C. for the first time. It was a lot of fun. My little guy learned all about Washington, D.C. in kindergarten last year, and he saw all the pictures of the monuments in his books and on posters and things in his classroom, and at the end of the year he was like “Mom, can you take me to D.C.?” So I think that’s the most fun thing we did together, really memorable.

Aviso: What is your favorite movie?

Coblentz: I really love Toy Story. I loved watching it with my kids the first time. I think it’ll just be one of those movies that always triggers good memories for me.

Aviso: What is something not everyone knows about you?

Coblentz: I have a twin sister. We look pretty similar, and she’s a teacher too, so you might run into her. She works in Alliance and lives in the Hartville area. We’ve already confused a few people.

Josey Petz is a staff writer for The Aviso AVW.

Cathy Weyand is a contributing writer for The Aviso AVW.

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