Special Thanks to our Foreign Language Department!

By SIMONE YU AND SIDNEY WONG 
STAFF WRITER
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Ms. Johnson

Why did you choose language to teach out of all the subjects?

“With Spanish being my first language, I wanted to teach kids about a language I’m passionate about and teach them how to express themselves and read in a different way.”

What is the best part of being a teacher?

“Seeing my students thrive in their learning and [pushing their limits] is the best part of my work.”

How do you balance your career with your personal life?

“I do set certain limits for myself, because family does come first, and if I don’t have a good relationship with my family I would not be a good teacher.”

What is the most difficult part of being a teacher?

“Seeing kids who I know are smart and capable slack off and not do the best to their ability breaks my heart sometimes.”

Can you remember any memorable moments of being a teacher?

“Just seeing students work hard and beaming when they finally know how to do something is always a memorable experience for me.”

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Mr. Chang

How long have you been teaching this language?

“I have been teaching for two years.”

When you were a child, what was your favorite subject?

“I liked math, because I like numbers.”

What is your favorite part of teaching?

“I like to inspire students.”

What is the most stressful part of your job?

“Having effective lesson plans, so the kids can enjoy their lessons.”

What kind of influence do you hope you make on your students?

“To pass down the knowledge and brilliance of Chinese. I also hope they expand their views.”

 

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Mr. Hinojosa

What/who inspired you to become a teacher?

“My college professors at Mt. SAC made my experience in a Spanish class enjoyable, and I hoped to have my future students have the same experience I had.”

Besides language, what is your other favorite subject? Why?

“I love culinary. Learning how to cook and the interesting details that go with it really interest me.”

What are some obstacles you had to face being a teacher?

“Appearing a lot younger than the other teachers was a challenge for me because I really had to push myself to show how good I can be. Because I am younger, I have less experience, but I have the capabilities to be an excellent teacher.

What do you look forward to for the rest of this year?

“I want to make sure that I get all my students to know where they are at in their Spanish ability, and hopefully leave with a good foundation of their level.”

What does being a teacher mean to you?

“Personally, I [not only want to be a teacher,] but also a coach or mentor to them. Coming from a Hispanic background and childhood, I try to be what I was taught in my school at Mexico, which is respect and understanding.”

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Ms. Ortega-Carcamo

What is the best part of being a teacher?

“Seeing students learn and speak a new language.”

How do you balance your career with your personal life?

“It is very hard to. I have to have a teacher mindset inside my job place, but a mom mindset when I step out. It is like checking in and out, everyday.”

When you were a child, what was your favorite subject?

“I liked math, which is ironic, because I am horrible at it now.”

What do you look forward to for the rest of this year?

“Seeing better responsibility from the students.”

What does being a teacher mean for you?

“Seeing ‘light bulbs’ come from students, as well as joining them in their journey of learning a new language.”

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Ms. Wann

What is the weirdest or funniest moment that has happened in your classroom?

“Whenever we have hotpots in class, because we rarely have them and they provide [a sense of] cultural experience.”

If you could teach any other subject what would it be?

“Physics because I have always loved it.”

If you could have any pet in the world, what pet would you have?

“A dog because they show unconditional love.”

What is the best part about being a teacher?

“I enjoy seeing every student learning new things and receiving feedback from them.”

Who or what inspires you?

“My father. He is my role model.”

 

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Mrs. Orth

What is the weirdest or funniest moment that has happened in your classroom?

“Once I had a student who would play with the fire extinguisher, and he thought it would be funny to spray the kid in front of him. It ended up [all over the classroom].”

What is the best part about being a teacher?

“I love to have conversations with students and hearing what they have to share about their life.”

If you could teach any other subject what would it be?

“I am a creative person, so I would say art history. I love art.”

What is the most important life lesson that you want your students to know?

“I had a teacher who always said, ‘Go forth and do big things.’” Whatever it is, do something positive.”

If you could have any pet in the world what would it be?

“I would have a llama because of their fur and how huggable they are.”

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Mrs. Shin

What is the best part about being a teacher?

“The best part of being a teacher is witnessing students becoming interested in learning new things. It is truly exciting to see students grow.”

Why did you choose to teach Korean?

“I came to the United States when I was fifteen years old. Learning English was not easy, and I wanted to [teach others about my own language and] culture that I came from.”

What is the most important life lesson that you want your students to know?

“[You will] never know where you will end up being if you don’t start because you are afraid that you will not get to where you want to be. The process of getting there is as important as where you end up being.”

What is your favorite thing to do on your spare time?
“I like taking pictures. When I have time, I try to go out to places that I haven’t been to and take pictures of little things.”

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