Feature Teachers: The Mack Attack

Mr. James Mackereth is in his 30th year at Bellwood-Antis


Nathan Davis

Mr. Mackereth enjoys the hands on training he provides students at B-A.

Mr. James Mackereth, more commonly known as “Mr. Mack,” has been an integral part of BAHS for the past thirty years as part of its vocational education program.

A 1985 graduate of Penn State University with a B.S. in education, Mr. Mackereth also went on to get a degree in business in 1986.

Following his college days, Mr. Mack worked at Perdue Inc.(A major chicken, turkey, and pork processing company in the U.S.) for four months.

I love getting to teach students to work ‘hands on’ in a practical manner.

— Mr. Mackereth

He then took a six-month sabbatical at Mercer High School near Grove City.

Then, in the Fall of 1986, Mr. Mackereth took on Bellwood-Antis High School.

“I really do enjoy my job,” he said.  “I love getting to teach students to work ‘hands on’ in a practical manner.”

Mr. Mackereth has two sons, Nate and Matthew, both of whom he has taught in class.

When asked what it is like to have his two sons in school, Mr. Mack chuckled and shook his head.

“Well, there are good days and there are bad days,” he said.  “They certainly don’t get away with much because the news gets to me immediately.”

For the past thirty years, Bellwood has had the privilege of calling Mr. Mackereth its industrial arts teacher.