Lake Norman & Mooresville

Teacher's life is a juggling act

J.T. Bost likes to stay busy.

And with his hectic life, staying busy is a necessity. A married father of six - ages 16, 13, 9, 9, 5 and 4 - Bost is an honors chemistry teacher at Mooresville High School.

But that's just one of his jobs. Bost also tutors students, is a state swim meet director, officiates for high school football, high school basketball, and college baseball, and DJs on the side.

"It's a juggling act, I admit," said Bost, who lives in Salisbury. "I've always been that type of person, having to do (a lot)."

His passion for everything he does in life helps him to do it all.

"I think with anything in life, you have to have a balance, but I enjoy everything I do," he said. "I guess I married everything because I enjoy everything."

Bost came to Mooresville High in January from Salisbury High School. He has been a science teacher for 14 years and loves working with students.

"I'll retire doing this," he said.

But his side jobs are equally important.

He has owned a mobile DJing company, Sights and Sounds Unlimited LCC, with his best friend for the past five years. It has been fairly successful, making back the money Bost put into it and more. He DJs at places like children's birthday parties and graduation parties about once or twice a month.

"It's not something I go out and pursue," he said. "It's something fun we do on the side."

More seriously, Bost started his career as an umpire for baseball at the Rowan Little League in Salisbury. He worked his way up and is now an official for the South Atlantic Conference and the Carolinas Conference - Division II schools.

"I always loved baseball," he said. "It was a way to stay with the game."

Bost strives to excel in the field by knowing what is going on and being able to anticipate plays.

"When you're out there in a game, you're playing a game with the student athletes and that's what I enjoy the most," he said.

Instead of adding stress to his jam-packed life, officiating relieves it.

"Some people go to movies, some people read, people travel. When I'm on that field, I'm getting away," said Bost. "It's so relaxing."

And he finds other benefits to his job as an umpire.

"It keeps you physically fit, it keeps your mind sharp," he said.

He loves the sport so much that for six to eight weeks in the summer, Bost picks up a volunteer job as the Area III American Legion Media Coordinator. Area III covers baseball teams in the central and northwest portion of the state, including Iredell, Cabarrus and Rowan counties. Bost releases the game scores to the area's papers, often staying up past midnight to get the information out.

"It's a tremendous task but I do this for the love of the game and these student athletes," he said.

Bost also teaches summer school, so instead of summer lessening his workload, "it cranks up," he said.

But despite Bost's busy life, he always makes time for his family, the favorite part of his often-crazy life.

"No matter what happens, you always have your family," he said. "The weekends are family time."

On some weekends, he and his wife and kids go to their "get-away" spot at High Rock Lake in Rowan County. Bost fishes, boats and spends time relaxing and enjoying his family.

And he sets aside his work and hectic life on the weekends, especially on Sundays.

"Sundays are family days," said Bost. "Sundays are my play days."