What do you enjoy most about teaching?
There are so many things I love about teaching English. I enjoy the moment a student comes up to me and tells me that the book we just finished was the best book he or she has ever read. I love the class discussions that arise from the issues and topics presented from our reading, and then reading the essays my students have written on those same issues. It is during those moments when I am reminded that there is so much more to these teenagers than meets the eye.
What do you want your students to take away from being in your class?
Currently, STEM is a huge focus in the world of academia and at Holy Trinity. However at Holy Trinity, the school administration and faculty is also committed to educating the whole child. Through the reading of good literature, the discussion and writing on topics emerging from literature, and from the development of solid communications skills, I want my students discover a sense of who they are and the person they want to be in the future. Hopefully, they are the doctors, the engineers, and the attorneys who care and have a strong moral compass guiding them through their lives. Hopefully, they are the professionals with an appreciation for the arts. And, hopefully, they always find time to read a good book.
If you were not teaching, what would you be doing?
Prior to joining HT, I worked as a reporter for a newspaper in New York, and once we moved to Florida, I was a freelance writer for Florida Today. I’m happy with teaching, but I would be open to writing again someday.
What do you love about teaching at HTEA?
I love the high standards that HT has in regards to the quality of education that the school provides. The skill sets that students take from HT will set them apart from others and help them to be successful college students. Over the years, I’ve watched HT students flourish here as students, as student leaders, and as student athletes, and many of those who have graduated keep in touch with me and other faculty members during both their collegiate and professional careers. I know their success is due largely to the foundation they had here at HT.