Andrew Schefelker, a middle school and high school science teacher in the Iola-Scandinavia School District, was the only casualty in last weekend’s massive 131 vehicle crash on Highway 41 in the Neenah area. Wednesday, Local 5 spoke with the middle and high school’s principal, Chris Nelson, about the type of person Schefelker was.
“He was full of energy, so he tried to exude that for students,” Nelson told Local 5. “He wanted students to be active in what they were learning, so he would have different demonstrations and things for them. He just wanted to share his knowledge of science.”
Schefelker was a first year teacher in the distict. He taught a variety of science classes, including Physics, Chemistry, and Anatomy & Physiology. Nelson described Schefelker as intelligent and curious. He had a college degree in Physics, and hoped to eventually pursue even more education.
“He wanted to learn as much as he could,” Nelson said. “I think if he could, he would just stay in school, and learn as much as he could, and continue to get more degrees. That was his passion. He wanted to get a master’s degree, and move on.”
Schefelker was also an Eagle Scout, a huge Star Trek fan, and was known for his positive attitude.
“He was always smiling,” Nelson said. “He would always help out with different things here at school. If we needed ticket takers or supervisors, he (was) always willing to help out… He was a young, passionate man who died way too young.”
A public memorial service for Andrew Schefelker is being held at Peace Lutheran Church in Neenah next Thursday at 5 pm.