By Mika Brust & Caroline Darr
How long have you been teaching at Dexter High School?
“This is my sixth year here, so I came here after almost 15 years at the Ann Arbor News.”
Why did you want to become a teacher?
“Teaching is in my family’s history: my mom was a teacher, my sister was a teacher, I have aunts, uncles, cousins who have been teachers. For me it’s something that I’ve always thought about and I’m happy I did it.”
What are some of your hobbies?
“I love to watch sports, so yelling and screaming at the TV when my favorite sports teams are winning or losing is fun for me. I also love to camp and I do a lot of gardening and landscaping outside my house.”
What’s your weirdest teaching experience?
“When I first got here, I was teaching some more remedial level courses. I had one math class where two students had been sort of agitating each other outside of the class. One said something to the other and all of a sudden the two of them are wrestling around on the floor in my classroom and I’m yelling at them to break it up, which thankfully they did pretty quickly.”
What was your time in the military like?
“It was an interesting time; I had never been on the west coast before, so I was in California for most of the time I was in the military, which was interesting to me. I got to see California, Alaska and different parts of Mexico which were all new to me. Being on the ocean and spending weeks out without land in sight gives you a better appreciation for the world itself.
What is your favorite sonnet?
“Probably sonnet 23.”
What Advice do you have for students?
“When students think about their future [they should] try to experience a lot of things in high school and not put too much pressure on themselves; that’s really the message I’d like to get across is that students here sometimes feel too much pressure and I don’t think it’s necessary. Most of them have really good upbringings and are going to be successful and fine no matter what.”