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Mr. Mollinga in ParisMr. Mollinga is teaching the straight grade 4 class for the
2016 - 2017 school year. It is his 27th year at Sunset Elementary School.

He has taught almost every age group at the elementary school level. Mr. Mollinga very much enjoys both the school's atmosphere and the people of Port McNeill. Included in his class is the spectacular view of Johnstone Strait. People often wonder how students can concentrate when they have a view of the Coastal Mountains, waterways, towns, ships, planes and children playing on the playground.

Education
Mr. Mollinga graduated from NISS (North Island Secondary School) in 1982 here in Port McNeill. After graduating from NISS, he attended both VIU (Vancouver Island University) and WWU (Western Washington University) for music and graduated from the Education Department at SFU (Simon Fraser University). Like many teachers, he has participated in numerous workshops and has spoken on topics such as computer technology and website designing.

Personal Info
In Mr. Mollinga's spare time (if there is such a thing for teachers) he cycles a minimum of an hour every day to stay in shape and to get better at riding. Check out the article on cycling from The Over 40 Cyclist website about being an epileptic who rides.

He also freelances as a bass guitar player in a wide variety of music groups. Fortunately, he's had the opportunity to play with many professional musicians, including Juno Award winners in his 35 years of playing bass. He also regularly edits and transcribes bass guitar parts for the The Bassment (www.thebassment.info).

Here's Mr. Mollinga Bungy Jumping on YouTube. And for bass players, take a look at the
Bass Charts page - there are some great transcriptions.

As an advocate for keeping physically fit, Mr. Mollinga designed a sign for the school that everyone sees as they drive onto the school grounds. It was put there to encourage students, parents and teachers to walk or ride their bike instead of being dependent on a vehicle.