Jim Genovese was always upbeat, loved life and loved being around people, said his wife, Kim Genovese.
“He was optimism defined,” she said. “He had a presence in the room. You always knew when he was there.”
James “Jim” Genovese, 59, of Valparaiso, died Sept. 7. He taught high school at Valparaiso High School from 1990-2013 and at Boone Grove High School from 1980-1990.
He was passionate about advancing technology education across Indiana, and had served in numerous capacities, including as president of the Engineering and Technology Educators of Indiana. He was on the statewide curriculum committee to write and establish the current education programs.
He enjoyed connecting with and challenging his students, and encouraged them to do their best in class and in life.
“He would always go the extra mile, staying after to assist students, going in on weekends and summers, and purchasing things that could make his lessons better,” she said.
Genovese enjoyed building things, from small household items to houses. He also enjoyed teaching others about construction and woodworking, his wife said.
He loved to run and had been a track and cross country coach. He loved to fish and to ski.
“My Dad was a teacher wherever he went. Not just inside a classroom, but at home, fishing at a museum or on vacation,” said his daughter, Nicole Genovese. “It truly was his calling, and he enjoyed every minute of it.”
Kim Genovese said her husband believed in doing good things for others and didn't expect anything in return.
“(He) believed in God and loved life more than most people will ever know or experience,” Kim Genovese said. “He lived a rich life by knowing what was important.”