Welcome to Middle School

Meet Mr. Eckstein

Steve Eckstein was born and raised on Long Island, New York. While growing up, he enjoyed playing baseball and stick-ball, taking family road trips around the country, and going into the city (New York). After high school, he attended Niagara University for four years, receiving his B.A in education. He then went on to Molloy College to get his M.S.Ed.

After teaching in New York for five years, and suffering through multiple brutal winters, Mr. Eckstein decided to apply to a couple schools in sunny Florida. He knew that with some family and friends down there, it would be an easy transition.

After being hired as a fifth grade teacher and living in Florida for a couple of years, he met his wife Noell. The two married and stayed in FL for another five years. Eventually, they decided it was time for a change. They chose Knoxville, Tennessee (a happy NY/FL medium) as their new home. After living here for just a short while, Mr. Eckstein feels like East Tennessee is an excellent home for him and his wife.

Mr. Eckstein has been at St. John Neumann Catholic School for eight years and has taught fourth, fifth and sixth grades. Mr. Eckstein says he loves the feeling of community and friendship he feels at SJNCS and knows that this school is the perfect fit for him as well.

What We're Learning This Year

5th Grade Social Studies

We will be studying the western hemisphere. We will look closely at geography, culture, government, economics and history. We will learn the role that the United States played/plays in the historical and current world. We will also look at how we continue to grow in an ever-changing world.

6th Grade Social Studies:

Sixth grade focuses on the eastern hemisphere. We will study ancient cultures from Europe, Africa, and Asia. We will explore the lasting impacts that those cultures have had on today’s world, all while looking at the geography, governments, and religions of these ancient peoples.

7th Grade Social Studies:

In seventh grade we explore American history. Our studies will start with Pre-American history with a focus on the first settlers in North America, as well as Native Americans. We will then move on to European exploration and European settlement. We will continue past the Revolution and the Civil War and conclude with Reconstruction.

Friday Folders come home each Friday. please check and clean out your child’s Friday Folder each week.

Specials/Lunch Schedule Coming Soon!