Mr. Moll was raised on a farm in Oso, Washington. He attended Arlington public schools, where he had the privilege of taking 3 years of wood shop in middle school. Mr. Moll sang in the jazz choir (Jazzmine) for 3 years at Arlington High School, and he also lettered in Track and Field, and Cross Country. During high school, he worked weekends and summers milking cows on a dairy farm, made lots of hay in the summers, and also did some logging. He enjoyed working in the woods, so he studied forestry at the University of Washington, earning BS and MS degrees. Mr. Moll rowed on the Crew team at the UW, and also played intramural volleyball and football.
To finance his higher education, Mr. Moll did two things: he joined the U.S. Navy Reserve Seabees, and got a job at the UW as a carpenter’s helper. Mr. Moll spent over 23 years in the Navy Reserve, and retired in December, 2010, as a Master Chief Petty Officer (E9.) Mr. Moll is still employed part-time at the UW as a maintenance carpenter (mostly a summer job.)
After completing teacher certification at Western Washington University, Mr. Moll began his teaching career at LSMS, teaching mostly Science and Technology, along with a bit of Drama and Choir, for four years. He was also an assistant Track and Wrestling coach. He then taught 5th grade at Hillcrest for 11 wonderful years, but missed the 2006-07 school year because he deployed to Iraq with the Seabees. Mr. Moll returned to LSMS in 2011 to take over the wood shop, when his friend and mentor, Mr. Wiygul, retired.
Mr. Moll is a 3rd generation teacher, and his wife of 28 years is a 3rd grade teacher. He and his wife have spent parts of the last six summers traveling in Europe, visiting: England, Wales, Scotland, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Italy, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia.This summer, Mr. Moll took his family to London, the Normandy & Brittany regions of France, and Paris.
Mr. Moll loves riding bicycles and snowboards, and making guitars. He also teaches guitar building to other teachers, and taught a week-long course in San Francisco this summer. He also loves hiking, camping, and exploring old mines and ghost towns with his two sons (aged 13 and 17) and spent time exploring around Monte Cristo, WA and Leadville, CO this summer.
Mr. Moll also coaches the Pirate Cross-Country team, the Track & Field team, and advises the Guitar Club.