Master Potter: A Tribute to Mr. Sober

By Troy G

17 May 2018

Mr. Sober joined the Shorecrest community in 2014 to teach 3D Design at all levels, from Intro to AP. He has also taught Graphic Design, Digital Film, and Animation. After this school year, Mr. Sober and his family will be moving to Connecticut, where he has accepted a new job as an art teacher at Choate Rosemary Hall.

Shorecrest students are only required to take a single art credit, but after taking one of Mr. Sober’s intro courses, many students have opted to take multiple years of art. Laszlo L, a senior in his first art class, says, “This was the first year I’ve had Mr. Sober as a teacher, and, after having him, I’m disappointed that I didn’t take one of his classes sooner.”

When asked about his time here, Mr. Sober said “I have enjoyed my time at Shorecrest and in St. Petersburg very much. The faculty and the students here will always have a special place in my heart. Working at Shorecrest is like being a member of a family, and I respect the community feeling that the school offers.”

I have been fortunate enough to have had Mr. Sober for all four of his years at Shorecrest, and his 3-D Design class has consistently been one of my favorite courses. On the first day of school in my freshman year, Mr. Sober asked each student why he or she decided to take his art class. I, like most other people, said that it was for the graduation requirement. I didn’t expect to enjoy his class so much or to take it for all four years of high school, but I am very thankful that I did.

Mr. Sober will be missed by students and faculty alike, and we all wish him luck in the future.

 Troy's award-winning art piece, created under Mr. Sober's guidence. 
Troy’s award-winning art piece, created under Mr. Sober’s guidence.