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Meet Jay Harvey

Posted December 26, 2012 in Community Featured, Pleasant Hill
Jay Harvey is a special education teacher at Southeast Polk High School.

Jay Harvey is a special education teacher at Southeast Polk High School.

Did you ever wonder if you had met a superhero? Meet Jay Harvey, and wonder no longer.

The Knoxville native discovered that he was a superhero while he was at the University of Iowa.

“When I was 21, I was run over by a car,” he says. “I was riding my bike to school, and a car didn’t stop at the stop sign. I locked up my brakes, flipped over the handle bar and was lying in the street. The car ran over my back, but then my superhero kicked in, and I got up and ran after the car.  But people saw what happened and stopped me and had me lie down. I do think that I am like a superhero — I am invincible.”

Being active in high school sports may have ensured that Harvey was in good shape to survive the accident; he particpated in track, cross country and basketball.

Harvey is a special education teacher at Southeast Polk High School. He received a political science degree from the University of Iowa and got his teaching license at Simpson College. He received a special education endorsement from Grand View. This is his first teaching job, and he is enthusiastic about it.

“I started teaching, and that is what I like doing,” he says. “You gotta try and make it fun.”

At this time of year, Harvey thinks fondly of his uncle, who he described as being like Clark Griswold from “Christmas Vacation.” The uncle was part of a family trip that was as full of misadventures as any the Griswolds took.

“In fifth grade, we went to Walt Disney World,” Harvey recalls. “On that trip, we nearly died twice in Missouri, my mom’s car broke down, we stayed overnight in Memphis, and one night in Panama City. We arrived in Florida during the middle of spring break, and we pulled up in a mini-van, so that was exciting.”

Harvey and his wife, Carrie, have one son, Jackson, and one on the way. The family pet is an English mastiff named Maggie.  The Harveys live in Altoona and attend the Bondurant Christian Church.

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