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Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2020-08-12

Traci Healy Haas

            Though she owns a share of a Delaware County rehabilitation facility, Traci Healy

Traci Healy Haas

            Haas has continued to work with patients. As a clinician at heart, she describes that part of her job as her forte.

            "It's a balance," Haas said. "I really enjoy working with patients, but I had to learn how to run the business."

            For five years, the 1984 graduate of Upper Perkiomen High School has co-owned Springfield Physical Therapy Sports and Rehab, located at 4 East Woodland Ave. in Springfield, with classmate Jay Kaufman. Her work includes helping people of all ages and stages of life rehabilitate a variety of physical issues.

            "I always wanted to do something in health care," Haas said. "This is right up my alley. I enjoy it all."

            In high school, she earned four letters each on the Indians field hockey and lacrosse teams. Haas described lacrosse as her best sport.

            However, the Pennsburg native enrolled in St. Louis University as a physical therapy major. The school didn't have a lacrosse team, and Haas decided not to go out for the field hockey team.

            "My course load was pretty intense," she said. "I needed to make sure I was going to graduate."

            As a clinician, Haas says she has fun working with athletes who are motivated to get back to 100 percent. She said it provides her the opportunity to be creative in her work.

            "I almost have to slow them down," Haas said.

            She expressed regret that she did not compete in college. Haas thinks she was good enough to compete at the next level in lacrosse.

            "I think I would have enjoyed playing in college," she said.

            In high school, she described herself as a competitive, type-A personality. On the field, Haas says she was a perfectionist.

            "I made a lot of friends and learned a lot about working with a team," she said. "There were a lot of good times."

            More significantly, Haas said she feels she did not appreciate enough the value of her time competing for the Tribe. She referenced the importance of the body-mind connection.

            "At that point of your life, playing sports is a freeing experience," Haas said. "It's fun." 

 

Dan Moyer

            When Dan Moyer left for college, his priority was to become a professional

Dan Moyer

baseball player. However, the level of his competition for playing time served as a real eye-opener.

            After graduating from Upper Perkiomen in 1994, Moyer enrolled at Mansfield University, the nation's No. 1 ranked Division II baseball team. One of five catchers in the recruiting class, the Pennsburg native said he was in the middle of the pack.

            "All these players were the best in their area," Moyer said. "Mansfield didn't feel like a good fit."

            After redshirting his first season at the school, Moyer decided to transfer to Millersville University. He played two years for the Marauders, a young team with an inexperienced coach trying to figure things out.  Though Moyer says "he didn't get the world on fire," he developed several close friendships with his teammates.

            "I talk to them all the time," Moyer said.

            At Millersville, he was forced to declare a major and chose technical education.

            "That was the spark that got me into teaching," Moyer said.

            In 2012, he replaced a mentor, Al Treffinger, as the technical education teacher, at Upper Perkiomen High School.

            "I have the best job in the world," said Moyer, who lives in Green Lane.

            He considers the highlight of his three seasons with the Indians baseball team an appearance in the 1994 state tournament. Moyer remains close to several of those teammates.

            "We're all still friends," Moyer said. "The kids had a real bond. So did the parents. They are all still friends."

            According to Moyer, Head Coach Ernie Quatrani held the players to a higher standard. Moyer said Quatrani also made sure they were accountable based on their abilities.

            "He never let anyone slack," Moyer said.

            Currently, Moyer teaches his favorite class from high school. It features 3D printing, growing plants without soil and robotics. He described it as one of the most popular classes in the school.

 

            "I loved it," Moyer said. "I always tell my students to find something you are interested in, find something that raises your passion, and use that to identify a career."


 

 

 

 

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