Jesse Maust grew up in Anaheim. After graduating from high school in 1990, he spent the next six years in the U.S. Army as a helicopter mechanic. After the military, Maust went to college and graduated from Cal State University, Fullerton with a B.A. in English and now also has an M.A. from Azusa Pacific.

Maust has a 13-year-old daughter and has lived in Hesperia for the last seven years. He's currently an English teacher and baseball coach at Oak Hills High School.

Q: What is the best thing about your job?

A: I love teaching. It is the only job I have ever had that I wake up in the morning excited to go to work. I enjoy watching young people learn new concepts and progress as the year goes on. Plus, I am a nerd who loves literature, and I have a job where I get to explore it on a daily basis.

Q: Tell us about one thing you want to accomplish in life.

A: I would like to finish the novel I have started and get it published.

Q: Where would you like to be in 10 years?

A: In 10 years, I would like to be still teaching, married and traveling. I have a bucket list and want to keep adding new things to it as I cross of the old ones.

Q: What makes you tick?

A: Music. I love music, all types and genres. Right now I'm really into the Indy Folk music scene.

Q: Who is someone who had a big influence on your life?

A: I have a fantastic family, so I am blessed that there are a lot of role models that have come from my family. But, I would have to say my grandfather.

Q: Tell us about your belief system.

A: I believe in God. I don't preach. I think spirituality is a lifelong journey. I'm nowhere near perfect, and have made a ton of mistakes, but I just try not to repeat them. I think the Bible is a perfect rule and guide for our daily life, even though it can be hard to follow sometimes. Above all, I believe in hard work, tolerance, forgiveness, patience and perseverance.

Q: What motivates you?

A: Laughter. I like to laugh and make others laugh. Laughter is soup for the soul.

Q: What words of advice do you have for younger generations?

A: Don't sweat the small stuff. It doesn't matter. Remember that everything passes. So enjoy the good times when you have them, and don't get too caught up in the bad times because ultimately nothing is constant but change. Make sure you take time to show your appreciation, and never take your family and friends for granted.

Q: What do you do in your free time?

A: I ride motorcycles, play my guitar, camp, hike and spend as much time as I can with my daughter.

Q: Which three people, living or from history, would you like to have at a dinner party, and why?

A: William Shakespeare, Richard Burton and Kenneth Branagh. I would ask Shakespeare who played the better Hamlet, and who really did write all those plays?

Q: What's your favorite movie and why?

A: "It's a Wonderful Life," because the message is important. We all have an impact on the surroundings of our life. It's our choice if it's positive or negative. Are we going to be the George Baileys of the world or the Potters?

Q: Tell us about a special vacation.

A: Hawaii is the most magical place I've ever been to. I love the islands, weather, people and water.

Q: If you had three wishes, what would they be?

A: Perfect health, wealth and to leave a legacy.

Q: Describe a special memory you have of Hesperia.

A: I was pulling into my driveway one evening, and a herd of goats were running down my street eating plants in the neighbors' yards. Another time I was driving down Main Street and there was a guy at a stop light next to me on a Harley Davidson with a little toy dog riding on his gas tank. You don't see that kind of stuff in too many places.

Q: Tell us one thing that most people don't know about you.

A: I can't eat red beets. They make me gag.

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