Meet Three of RHS’s New Teachers
Haley Macray, Veritas Staff
The 2015-2016 school year has officially kicked off here at Rockland High School. This year, along with welcoming the Class of 2019, RHS has also welcomed a group of new teachers in several departments. From Science to Foreign Language to Special Education, RHS’s new staff members seem to be very excited for the school year ahead. Get to know some of your new teachers by checking out their responses to the Q&A below.
Damien Ricci – Special Education
“I feel very welcomed here! I love it!”
Do you have anything exciting planned for your classes this year? I plan on emphasizing test taking strategies, it doesn’t sound exciting but I hope the students will be excited with getting better grades as a result of it.
What is one thing that your students would be interested to know about you? I do not eat chicken. I always get the follow-up question if I am a vegetarian…I’m not, I just can’t stand chicken.
If you could be any superhero who would it be and why? Mr. Incredible, he seemed to master the work/home life balance.
What are three of your favorite things? I have to say my wife and two daughters…but if they aren’t around: Simpsons, football and pizza.
What do you love most about the subject that you teach? I love the moment when a student struggles to get something and then all of a sudden it just clicks.
Patrick Finn – Foreign Language
“I feel so welcomed here in Rockland, and I would like to thank the Rockland community for that. I am looking forward to an amazing year, and to getting to know the wonderful people and students that make up the RHS and greater Rockland community.”
Do you have anything exciting planned for your classes this year? The thing I love about language classes is that we get to teach so much more than just grammar and vocabulary, and I am looking forward to expanding my students’ view of their foreign language through genuine cultural experiences.
If you could be any superhero who would it be and why? I would absolutely be Batman because he is the only DC superhero without actual superpowers, yet he is one of the most powerful.
What are three of your favorite things? Tasty Burger (it’s a chain in the Boston area), The Game of Thrones book/tv series (the books are awesome!!), Star Wars!!!!!!!
What do you most enjoy to do in your free time? In my free time I love to read, ride my bike, or go running.
Lauren Sullivan – Foreign Language
“RHS seems close-knit and the students seem respectful and interested in doing well.”
What were you most looking forward to on your first day teaching at RHS? Getting to finally see the faces of the people who have been on my class lists.
Is there a certain RHS tradition or event that you are most looking forward to this year? I’m looking forward to checking out some of the sports events and seeing my students play.
What is one thing that your students would be interested to know about you? I had a motorcycle but when I moved to Spain, I sold it. It was sad, but now I’m going to look for another one this coming spring!
Do you have any special talents? I can cut onions without crying.
What are three of your favorite things? The beach, mint chocolate chip ice cream, and red wine. Preferably all together.
What do you most enjoy to do in your free time? Travel!
What do you love most about the subject(s) that you teach? I love the Spanish language and love using it all the time. Working as a Spanish teacher makes me able to use it everyday!
Didn’t see your teacher’s responses? Stay tuned – more new teacher Q&A is to come!