Describe your teaching background. I graduated from Apopka High School and went to the University of Central Florida. This is my fifth year teaching. I spent the last five years at Wekiva High School.

What subject do you teach? I teach freshman and senior English and ESOL for seniors, too. It was my favorite subject in school and I enjoyed helping my classmates with it.

Describe your teaching style. I try to implement the method, “read, write and discuss,” daily. The students read something relevant to society, respond to it and have a strong discussion about it.

What influenced you to become an educator? I was just really good at English. I wanted to read books for a living and did not think I could get paid for it.

To what teams and clubs did you belong as a student? I was in chess club, Spanish Honor Society and National Honor Society. My best memory was going on an overnight Spanish club trip with my teachers and a couple friends. I won two ribbons at the trip.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would fix my social anxiety. I am an introvert, so teaching really drains my energy. If I were an extrovert, things might be easier- I would gain energy from others’ interactions instead.

What does a perfect day look like to you?  In class, the ideal day is when I can get kids talking about what we’re reading and see the real world connections, so I know the books are meaningful to their lives. Personally, I would sleep in and take my dog, an Italian Greyhound, to the dog park. Later, I would see a show at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater and have a really good dinner at a Mexican restaurant.

How do you want to be remembered? I want to be remembered as someone who cared for other people.

By Caroline Casola

This is my second year on staff. I am a Dachshund connoisseur and love rewatching episodes of Arrested Development. You can catch me at the springs or at a hole-in-the-wall restaurant.

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