There are many sides to Baker’s new driving instructor.
Terry Roelfsema had been retired, but decided to head back into the classroom.
The draw of eastern Montana was just too strong.
Roelfsema has signed on to teach woodworking, construction, sheet metal, electrical/electronics, drafting and at the middle school, in addition to his time behind the wheel of a car.
An Army veteran who served in the Signal Corps, he got his Bachelor degree in vocational education at the University of Wyoming in 1981.
The following year, he was teaching in Gillette.
Over the years since, Roelfsema moved into private industry and even became a minister.
Roelfsema has taught Automotive Technology in Miles City and General Industrial Arts in Terry.
It was that knowledge and affinity for eastern Montana which called him back to teaching, he said.
“I was retired and living north of Sheridan, WY where my wife of 46 years and I own a home.”
“I accepted the teaching job in Baker because I taught several years in eastern Montana and really love this part of the state because in many ways it is like eastern Wyoming. The kids here are great and terrific to work with.”
“I am passionate about Vocational Education and getting students excited about skilled trades,” he added.
“As a driver’s education teacher, I want to prepare drivers to drive in a manner that they are citation and collision free throughout their driving years,” he added.
Roelfsema and his wife have three daughters, seven grandchildren, five of whom are boys with the oldest 21 and the youngest is three weeks old.
Roelfsema also has a Masters of Education from Montana State University-Billings (2007) and another masters from Liberty University.