Teacher Tom Klein customizes his push cart

Teacher Tom Klein proudly displays his push cart alongside his building assistants.

Em Paquette

Teacher Tom Klein proudly displays his push cart alongside his building assistants.

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Many teachers at BSM do not have their own classroom, so they are often spotted in the hallways with students during passing time. These teachers are often seen pushing mobile carts around with all their supplies for class. Usually, the push carts are all the same. This all changed when new history teacher Mr. Tom Klein decided to make, as he calls it, “the Maserati of push carts.”

During his short time here at BSM, Tom Klein has become an icon throughout the school, often referred to as “the new crazy teacher.” What makes Klein’s cart different from everyone else’s is that he’s put a lot of effort into it. For starters, inside the cart there is a power strip where he can charge his phone and his laptop. The cart also comes with two LED lights and custom wood for the doors to give it that extra pop. Even his favorite quote, from Albert Einstein–“Imagination is more important than knowledge”– is posted on the side.

I designed it with the idea of wanting a blend of ruggedness and elegance, my vision was the same as a Mercedes Benz 6×6: comfortable on the inside and rugged that can go through anything on the outside.”

— Mr. Tom Klein

What made Klein want a cool-looking push cart? “I don’t have a room, and when I move around I need a cart that has more shelves and can be locked up. I also wanted to put my own touch to my cart,” Klein said.

Klein customized his cart to look something like something he loves. “I designed it with the idea of wanting a blend of ruggedness and elegance, my vision was the same as a Mercedes Benz 6×6: comfortable on the inside and rugged that can go through anything on the outside,” Klein said.

The cart was not easy to make. “The building of the cart took two weekends for just the building of it. The first weekend was the outside of the cart and the second weekend was the interior,” Klein said. 

The cart has many different customization pieces to make it personal to Klein. “I wanted a lot of storage for each of my classes and another separate storage space for miscellaneous things such as office supplies. It also has an internal electrical power cord to charge my computer and phone during the day. In case of emergency it also has LED lights to help me see if there is a power outage. I also named it the ATCC 84120 LE (All Terrain Teacher Cart Limited Edition),” Klein said.  

Klein, although only being at BSM for just over three months, has already made an impact in the school with his teaching, while also making an impact with his customized cart. 

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