Teacher Tribute:John Sugameli, Marana HS - Tucson News Now

Marana's John Sugameli giving students life skills

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

John Sugameli teaches construction and welding at Marana High School.

From operating tools to handy work – you name it, these kids can do it.

"There are so many different aspects of the construction industry," Sugameli said, "I feel it's my job to educate them about all of it. Top to bottom plumbing, laying blocks, bricks, stone, installing any type of fixture whether that's electrical or plumbing, drywall framing, finished concrete."

The students recently finished a framing project they've been working on for six weeks.

Students are putting together a  blueprint for a model home they'll eventually apply to a full-scale house.

Assignments like this are especially fun for those looking to go into the field.

"Construction, I can connect with the whole building, hands-on and being able to make my own decisions from what's right and wrong," said student Andy Haars.

Whether they decide to go into construction or not, these are skills Sugameli says his students can use for the rest of their lives.

"Our goal is that they'll be self-sufficient later on down the road and when they have a family, kid and a house that they're not spending a lot of money for upkeep and maintenance on that house," Sugameli said.

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