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District Bids Farewell to Social Studies Teacher

Joe CiocJoe Cioc, a social studies teacher at Mars Area Middle School, is retiring after 33 years in the District. 

Cioc began his career in 1990 as a social studies teacher at Mars Area High School, before moving to Mars Area Middle School.

In his time at the District, he initiated the Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History course and taught American Cultures, Pennsylvania History, Problems of Democracy, U.S. History (Grade 8), U.S. History (Grade 9), World Affairs, World Cultures and World Geography.

He also served as a sponsor for Mars Area Middle School Student Council and Mars Area High School’s Class Council (Grades-9-11), Forensic Team (assistant), Future Teachers of America and World Affairs Council; and, as a coach of the varsity Cross Country, Football (assistant), Swimming & Diving (assistant) and Track & Field teams, and the Ninth Grade Baseball (assistant) and Junior High Wresting (assistant) teams. He also held several positions within Mars Area Education Association (MAEA).

Prior to joining Mars Area, he taught for two years at Sto-Rox Junior/Senior High School, his alma mater, where he was a member of the school’s football, basketball, baseball and track & field teams as well as National Honor Society and yearbook in the position of sports editor. Upon graduation, he went on to attend Slippery Rock University, where he played football and earned a bachelor’s degree in education.

“I also would like to thank all of the great colleagues the true heroes of Mars education for all of their hard work and support for our District” he says. “Thank you with all my heart to the thousands of ‘Cioc kids’ for ALL the great memories and effort as they now live their adult life.”

In his retirement, Cioc plans to travel to numerous historic places, including a trip to Mt. Rushmore and Disney World. And, he says, his backyard is always open to a pop-up bonfire, smores, and mountain pies.

 He also recently took part in the filming of a documentary on the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, to air in 2024.

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