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Mr. Mollinga in ParisMr. Mollinga teaches a 4/5 split class for this school year. It is his 29th year at Sunset Elementary School.

He has taught almost every age group at the elementary school level. Mr. Mollinga very much enjoys both the school's atmosphere and the people of Port McNeill. Included in his class is the spectacular view of Johnstone Strait. People often wonder how students can concentrate when they have a view of the Coastal Mountains, waterways, towns, ships, planes and children playing on the playground.

Mr. Mollinga graduated from NISS (North Island Secondary School) in 1982 here in Port McNeill. After graduating from NISS, he attended both VIU (Vancouver Island University) and WWU (Western Washington University) for music and graduated from the Education Department at SFU (Simon Fraser University). Like many teachers, he has participated in numerous workshops and has spoken on topics such as computer technology and website designing.

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In Mr. Mollinga's spare time he cycles an average of 200 kilometers a week to stay in shape and to get better at riding. Being physically fit is something Mr. Mollinga is very passionate about and he tries to encourage others by being a good example.

He also freelances as a bass guitar player in a wide variety of music groups. Fortunately, he's had the opportunity to play with many professional musicians, including Juno Award winners in his 40 years of playing bass. He also regularly edits and transcribes bass guitar parts for the The Bassment (www.thebassment.info).

Here's Mr. Mollinga Bungy Jumping on YouTube. And for bass players, take a look at the
Bass Charts page - there are some great transcriptions.

As an advocate for keeping physically fit, Mr. Mollinga designed a sign for the school that everyone sees as they drive onto the school grounds. It was put there to encourage students, parents and teachers to walk or ride their bike instead of being dependent on a vehicle.