Familiar Faces: School district worker's drive pushes him to test for black belt

By: Menka Belgal / The Telegraph
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Eric Maggiore keeps himself busy driving school busses for Buckeye Union School District, working in the cafeteria at Rolling Hills Middle School and teaching at Garrett’s Karate Center in Cameron Park.

How long have you been working for the district?
I worked for a year in 2001 driving busses in the Cameron Park area. After that I worked for a private company driving kids in group home for three years. When they went out of business, I came back to Buckeye, working at the Rolling Hills Middle School cafeteria during lunch and driving the kids to and from school.

When did you start learning karate?
I started karate in 1993 but two years later I hurt myself pretty badly. I slipped off an antennae tower and messed up my shoulder. I got laid off. It took me six years to get to where I am now. I’m going to test for my black belt soon.

What do you like most about your jobs?
I’ve met so many people in the district. We have such a great community. The people are wonderful, the kids are fun to be around and I enjoy talking to the parents.

What are some of the most interesting things that have happened to you?
I married my wife. We’ve been married for a year now. She started in Martial Arts with me in 1994. We’re best friends. She works at the deli in Safeway.

What types of books do you read and do you have any favorite music?
I listen to Gospel music. My favorite authors are John MacArthur, an Evangelical Christian pastor and R.C. Sproul a Calvinist theologian, philosopher, author and pastor. Both have Christian radio shows that I enjoy listening to.

Do you give back to the community?
We’re involved in our church, Gold Country Baptist Church. They do a lot of missionary work as well. Going to Africa, Guam and the Pacific Islands is something I would love to do one of these days and help out at the missionaries.

What hobbies do you enjoy?
I enjoy pretty much anything with my wife. I play golf, and do martial arts as well. I like to read. In Placerville, we have a five-acre farm. On the farm we have three goats, six cats, one horse and we’re looking to get a donkey. Donkeys are great protectors..

Tell us about your family.
I have a stepson who is 10 years old. He goes to Buckeye School and is in 5th grade.

What are you most proud of?
About seven years ago, I accepted Christ in my life. It was a gradual process. My uncle is a minister. He also used to make tapes in the United States and had them sent to a radio ministry in the Philippines. It was his influence that made me become a Christian. I’m also proud of marrying my wife and risking our friendship. Our friendship has just gotten better and better.