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10 Questions with Mr. Kutella

Jaelynn Hoenicke

Greg Kutella teaches woodshop, showing students how to use tools safely, and creates a fun environment. This class could be a key component in the lives of students interested in woodworking and carpentry. Here are 10 questions that explain the class and get to know Mr. Kutella better. 

How long have you been working for Woodhaven High School and why did you choose this school?

This is currently my 30th year at Woodhaven High School. I interviewed at a few school districts and had some options. I had a great interview here and we all meshed together well. Everyone had similar outlooks and expectations for a growing Industrial arts program. So when they offered me the job I took it.

What inspired you to start doing woodshop and be a teacher?

I was in my mid-20’s with a wife and kids, so I was looking for something family-friendly. I was considering being a history teacher or maybe a guidance counselor. So I went back to see my high school principal. She knew I spent a lot of time in a woodshop while I was in high school and had multiple careers in construction after high school, so she suggested pursuing industrial arts as a career and guided me in the right direction. I feel very fortunate my children were able to come through Woodhaven Schools where I teach as well.

What is one of the coolest things you’ve ever made?

So many cool things over the years that it would be impossible to point out any one thing.

What do you think are the biggest misconceptions about woodshop?

Most students and even some adults get the misconception that Woodshop is easy. However, most find out quite quickly that it is very challenging and takes a lot of skill development and hand-eye coordination. Woodworking skills, with multiple machines, develop over time.

What is the most complex project you’ve tackled with a class?

Over the years we have designed and built many of the buildings and structures at “Safety Town.” These have been a lot of fun and very rewarding for students. To actually take someone’s idea and design it on paper, and then build it, and then actually see its function.

Can you discuss the importance of precision and measurement in woodworking?

Measure twice and cut once!! Every mistake due to measurement will cost money out of your pocket, not to mention time.

What advice would you give someone just starting at a woodshop?

Patience!!! It’s like learning how to play an instrument or even a sport. It takes a lot of time and practice.

How do you ensure safety in the workshop?

Constant daily reinforcement of safety, unfortunately even doing that doesn’t guarantee complete safety. That’s why they are called accidents and not purposes.

What is the most important skill you try to teach students?

Safety is a very important skill to teach students.

Why would woodshop be important outside of high school?

All the skills developed in this class are lifelong skills. All of these students are going to be homeowners one day and I’m sure they will be happy they took this class. I also believe this is one of the most practical classes you can take in High school.

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