I remember thinking to myself, "boy is this guy a little TOO positive or what?"
But the students seemed to respond to him, so who am I, an old cynic, to say about what works.
Well as many know, he moved on to become the Principal of Pottsgrove Middle School and I received in the mail recently, a notice that he has been named as the "president-elect" of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals.
The group's membership of about 3,800 is comprised of elementary, middle school and high school principals, assistant principals and other educational leaders.
It is affiliated with two other national organizations.
Dr. Ziegler assumed his new position on the board of directors following the association's annual business meeting on Oct. 23 in Pittsburgh.
"PAESSP has equipped me to become a stronger educational leader within my school," he said in that release I mentioned.
"In our ever-changing global economy, the need for quality education has never been more important," he said.
Dr. Ziegler began his educational career in 1994 as a social studies teacher at the afore-mentioned Pottstown High School.
From 1998 to 2002, he served as assistant principal there and then from 2002 to 2007 as assistant principal at Pottsgrove High School.
He assumed his current position at Pottsgrove Middle School in 2007 and, at least as far as I've seen, his enthusiasm has not diminished.
From 2008 to 2010, he was president of the Montgomery County Principals Association and currently serves on the board of Trinity Church, as well as being media director of Christian Educators Association International.
Additionally, he has served as an adjunct professor in graduate education at Temple University since 2007.
A resident of Boyertown with his wife Kim and two children, ages 14 and 12, Ziegler received his bachelor of science degree from Kutztown University, a master's in educational administration from Gratz College and is doctorate from Temple University.