About The Huck Finn School

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Michael Bronco

michael bronco
I started Huck Finn School to give kids a place to go to learn how to use their hands. It really is that simple.
Before starting Huck Finn School I spent nearly thirty years in the fitness industry training elite athletes. Because of this I am keenly aware that very few kids will ever receive an athletic scholarship, and an even smaller number will ever make a living in sports. That doesn’t mean that kids shouldn’t give sports a shot. My wife Holly and I both volunteer as youth coaches and all three of our children are extremely athletic. I was even named volunteer of the year in 2014 for the Mount Pleasant Recreation Department for my work as a baseball coach. I played baseball and football in high school and competed as a professional triathlete for three years during college.

But sports are only part of what is needed for child development.

Learning how to properly use tools is critical for physical and emotional health. Being able to build things provides a healthy outlet for kids, and it sets them apart from those who do not possess these important skills. Even as adults, those who are confident with tools have a distinct advantage. Who doesn’t want to be able to fix things? And who wouldn’t want to learn how to make guitars, knives, furniture, bows and arrows, leather items, jewelry, tools, and more?
I was introduced to tools at a very young age when my father would bring me to his auto body shop to help sand cars, and eventually to take off old bumpers and other salvageable parts from wrecks. I also spent countless hours with my grandfather fixing things in his garage. These are the places where I learned the importance of being capable with tools. I also learned the discipline and responsibility that goes along with it.
Now, it’s my turn to pass it along. I can’t think of a better way to spend my time.

Holly Bronco

holly bronco
My name is Holly Bronco (Mrs. Bronco to the kids), and I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love Huck Finn School! In addition to helping students with their projects, I am the one to see about birthday parties and to ask about camp registration. During the summer I am also camp ‘mom’. As a mother of three, I know that all children are different, and I am there to attend to any special needs that may arise.

I learned to become handy at a very early age by following my dad around our barn to fix things. I learned not only how to use tools, but also a lot about patience. Along with a collection of animals (from small rescues to x-racehorses) came chores and responsibilities, and very full days! I had the good fortune to experience a very wide range of crafts from leatherwork and sewing to mechanics and woodwork. Not to mention years of experience in tossing hay bales and pitching manure!

It is a great pleasure to meet so many wonderful families, and I look forward to seeing you at Huck Finn School soon!

Curt Moore

curt moore
Legend has it that Curt is a distant relative to Daniel Boone! We don’t doubt it for a second. He once lived in the Montana wilderness for three months (by choice) and learned a ton. One of his most important lessons was the distinct taste difference between a cooked grub and a raw one. According to Curt, cooked is a lot like peanut butter, only a tad more bitter.

At Huck Finn School the kids call him ‘Mr. Curt’ and really learn a lot from him. His innovation and experience can be seen all around the workshop. A master bow-maker (or bowyer), Mr. Curt can make just about anything. One of his favorite classes to teach is the knife forging workshops we run on Saturdays throughout the year. He lives on Sullivan’s Island, but yearns for time back in Montana (or at least anywhere he can find lots and lots of trees!).

In the meantime, fishing is just fine along the marsh, and teaching the kids is awesome!

Jessy Bronco

Hey!  My name is Miss Jessy, and I LOVE teaching art and music at Huck Finn School! I studied both art and music at Wando High School, where it was an honor to be a part of the chorus and the all-state choir.  I am continuing my studies at Trident Technical College with plans to transfer to a four year school.  I am so fortunate to be able to study, and at the same time, teach what I love to the best students in the world!

I really enjoy watching the creativity that comes from my students.  The looks on the faces of their parents when they see what their child has made is priceless!  The only things I love as much as teaching (besides my family) is sushi and the beach.  And of course my animals, including my adorable possum named, Squinky.   I rescued him when he was a teeny tiny little guy after he fell out of his mother’s pouch onto my front step.  As many people have told me, he picked the right steps!

Matt Tipling

Matt was born in North Carolina, where he began messing around with tools at a very early age. His grandfather is a master woodworker who first showed him how to measure properly. He also taught him how to take pride in his work.

Matt is known as ‘Squatch’ due to his amazing resemblance to the large creature found in the upper reaches of the Pacific Northwest. When he isn’t teaching at Huck Finn School he can be found making movies (some of which are about the aforementioned ‘Squatch’), and making music. He also shapes longboards and hopes to own his own workshop one day.

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