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Sen. Unger will substitute teach

December 16, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- State Sen. John Unger is going back to school, literally.

The Berkeley County Board of Education on Monday added the three-term lawmaker to the substitute teacher list.

Unger, D-Berkeley/Jefferson, said he is qualified to teach social studies and science at the high school and middle school levels.

Unger, 39, said he is not interested in a full-time job, but hopes the experience will help him be a better lawmaker when addressing education issues in Charleston, W.Va., by being on the front line.

"I think that's part of our problem, we have people in Charleston who are making educational policy having never been in the classroom," Unger said.

Unger anticipates the teaching experience would give him firsthand knowledge of what's happening in the schools and the challenges people face in the school system.

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Unger has a bachelor's degree in liberal arts and biology and a master's degree from Oxford University in philosophy, politics and economics.

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