Jack Amaral returns to Porterville to share his passion for music with students at Pioneer Middle School.
As a Granite Hills graduate from the class of 2006, Amaral was an excellent student, as well as a devoted band member. He was in band for three years and maintained good grades throughout all of high school.
Water polo was one of Amaral’s favorite sports throughout his years at Granite. He was goalie, and played with great sportsmanship.
“Senior year water polo [was my favorite memory],” said Amaral, “Coming back from dislocating my shoulder to play in the MHS game at MHS, as well as going to playoffs and playing El Diamante and having 24 saves in that game.”
Following graduation from high school, Amaral left Porterville to attend Redlands University, where he continued to play water polo, as well as pursue his love of music. Amaral majored in music with the future goal of becoming a band director.
“Jack was a fun student to work with because he wasn’t afraid to voice his opinion and stir everything up a bit,” stated Amaral’s former AP English teacher Evan Hackett, “It is one of the simple pleasures of teaching when we see former students coming back and teaching in Porterville.”
After graduating from Redlands University, Amaral was on the lookout for any job positions that had to do with music. Fortunately, Amaral found an array of job interviews in Porterville, Calif.
“I’m currently the Pioneer band director. I also teach elementary schools in the morning: Los Robles, Santa Fe, Vandalia, Doyle, Westfield, Olive, and Roche,” said Amaral.
Jack currently resides in Porterville. He is happy to be where he is and is grateful for all of the opportunities he has been given.
Photo Above: Jack Amaral playing water polo (Photo credits to Amaral facebook)
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