By Teachers, For Teachers
Prarie View Middle School
Tinley Park, Illinois
Who was your favorite teacher? Why?
My favorite teacher was Mr. Art Wagner, a Biology Professor from my college days. He proved to me that if one's career is truly one's passion in life then a person will never really have to "work" their entire life. Instead they will simply get to pursue their passion. The trick is choosing that career wisely.
What are three things every teacher should own?
Three things every teacher should own are, in no particular order: a nice collection of sweaters; a unique relic from their high school or college days; a solid collection of literature.
If you could have any person (living, dead or fictional) as a
principal, who would it be?
The person that I would like to see as my principal would unquestionably be YODA. He is wise, insightful, clever, mischievous, respected by his peers, and can always provide the students with a good grammar lesson.
What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
If I could be something other than a teacher I believe I'd like to practice law; perhaps work on mergers and acquisitions for a Fortune 100 company.
Describe your all-time favorite lesson/unit activity.
My all time favorite unit/activity was a mock trial using the book the "Outsiders" as the backdrop within which Pony killed a Soc. We had prosecutors, defense counsel, a jury, a judge, witnesses, and of course a defendant. The outcomes were dependent upon the legal presentations, and we used a real courtroom. Then, we took the best of the best and presented the unit to a group of parents who had never read the book to see what their judgment would be. It was quite a learning experience for all involved.
What is the greatest misconception about teachers?
The greatest misconception about teachers is that they work short hours.
While some do...to do the job right requires a significant amount of time beyond the school day.
What stereotype about teachers is true?
The stereotype about teachers that is true is that they really do, first and foremost,care about the kids.
How did you know you wanted to be a teacher?
I knew I wanted to be a teacher when I realized that my future lay in the hands of the children of the world, and teaching would allow me to contribute in a positive way to their theoretical and, more importantly, practical education.