Judicial Profile: When Teaching Fell Short, Judge Multack Turned To Law
Miami-Dade County Court Judge Spencer J. Multack's parents wanted to give him a "futuristic" name, so his middle name is Jet.
"It's been an endless source of amusement for my friends," he said.
The Miami Beach native grew up thinking he would follow in the family business as one of the heads of the mom-and-pop drugstore chain Fedco.
"That's kind of all I knew," Multack said.
Until high school.
"I got involved with a teaching program that was called Summer Bridge where we helped these inner-city kids to get ready and motivated to start middle school, " he said.
That changed everything.
"I really was driven to be a teacher."
Multack went to Syracuse University specifically because they offered a dual degree program that allowed him to major in European history and education. But a stint as a student teacher in his senior year changed his mind.
"I realized I wanted a little bit more, and I kind of wanted to further my education," he said. "I just didn't see myself coming out of college and becoming a high school teacher."