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Welcome to Ankeny High School. My name is Brian Lehman and I am the instructor of the 10-12 Building Trades Classes here at Ankeny High School. I've been an instructor at Ankeny since January of 2008 and have enjoyed getting to know your students. I've been in education for 10 years and have taught various classes from vocal music, computer technology and building and construction. Some people have called me the jack of all trades. I also have run my own sub-contracting business of finish carpentry since 2003. Although that business has slowed since I have gone back into education fulltime, I still try and stay current on all of the latest building technologies.
What I have enjoyed the most about getting back into education is what I call the "Light Bulb Effect". The light bulb effect is when the students finally get the concepts and ideas we have been working in the classroom and it comes to life in the field. We were working in a basement one day remodeling/finishing it off and a student said "Wow, I didn't think we could to all of this!" Other comments have been, "Man these tools sure can be awkward to work with, but I'm getting the hang of it." "Hey, It's starting to look like a basement." The owners of the houses we have been in say, "These kids can sure do some great work." This is probably the reason we have no problems finding jobs.
The one thing I enjoy doing the most is being the worlds #1 DAD, at least that is what my kids tell me. I love spending time at my sister's cabin swimming and boating when we aren't busy fixing it up! (7 year fix). Some other hobbies of mine are outdoor sports, woodworking and watching t.v.