Florida Presbyterian Homes has named resident Sam Houghtaling as the Wellness Star for June 2019. This month’s wellness star focuses on the vocational dimension of wellness, which utilizes a person’s skills while they gain personal satisfaction, as well. Participating in the paid and unpaid workforce means maintaining or improving skills such as mentoring and volunteering.
FPH resident Sam Houghtaling is a retired chemical engineer, with degrees in both Chemical Engineering and Engineering Mathematics. He says he took so many math electives in college that he ended up with two degrees!
Sam had an incredible career working in the phosphate industry for 40 years and traveling to 26 countries. Once he retired, Sam decided to use his passion for math to become a math tutor. He works with fifth grade students once a week and has tutored high school and college-level students.
Sam enjoys teaching the students to look at math in a different way. He teaches things differently, and encourages students to think and to solve. “I get enjoyment knowing I have helped someone to solve a math problem,” said Sam. “I also like seeing the students improve while being tutored.” Sam’s feels if you have a talent, then it’s your responsibility to use it to help others. And that’s just what he does.
When asked what overall wellness means to him, Sam said, “I walk and keep active. If you sit around and do nothing, then you will go down-hill.”
Congratulations Sam — the June Wellness Star award winner!