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English Teacher Mark Mazzenga socially wears different hats. Through fatherhood or teaching, Mazzenga shares his story.

Mark Mazzenga immerses himself in fatherhood, teaching

Emma Lucas, Opinions Editor: Print Emeritus May 2, 2023

In his own words… My whole life, I've always joked that I want to live forever. My wife is like, “You don’t actually want to live forever.” No, I think I do. I do want to live forever. I'm...

Math Teacher Tony Bracht always felt a certain pull toward mathematics. Bracht shares his experience in Texas before moving across the pond.

Tony Bracht reflects on career path, experience at the school

Giulia Scolari, Features Editor: Online May 2, 2023

“I was a homeboy,” Math Teacher Tony Bracht said. “I never expected to be moving away from Texas, let alone overseas.” With a childhood in Houston, Texas, Bracht said he attended a “multiculturally...

Dexter James enrolled in the U.S. Air Force Academy after months of preparation ranging from physical training to a congressman nomination. He will train as a cadet, although he said his passions lie in the scientific and aeronautical side of the Air Force.

Dexter James’ scientific passion inspires transition to US Air Force Academy

Clara Martinez, Editor-in-Chief May 2, 2023

“All my friends and my parents were kind of making fun of me for this, for saying that I can do anything as long as I'm convinced there's a test for it,” he said. That determination earned Dexter...

Direct of Student Life James Perry poses with his those part of his Peer Leadership class. Throughout the year, the group meets periodically, with his students mentoring Grade 9 advisories.

James Perry reflects on past experiences, educational goals

Talya Berner and Inez Stephenson May 2, 2023

Director of Student Life James Perry was first introduced to teaching through his former colleague, a co-coach of the baseball team he previously trained. His coaching partner's friend, Chuck, led him...

Maya Hu Dobbert da Cruz (’26) wears her sustainable clothing designs. Da Cruz entered the fashion world at a young age due to her parents both working in the creative design through architecture.

Maya Hu Dobbert da Cruz tackles fast fashion

Georgina Angus, Reporter May 2, 2023

Maya Hu Dobbert da Cruz (’26) said she has been influenced by her passion for fashion throughout her life, and it has inspired her to help reduce fast fashion. As da Cruz defines it, fast fashion is...

Danny Joseph (‘26) poses in one of his favorite inspirational shirts. Joseph dives into his passion for space and Formula One.

Danny Joseph brings scientific interest back to Earth

Georgina Angus, Reporter May 2, 2023

For Danny Joseph (’26), one passion has always shone through the others: the magnitude of astronomy. Since the age of 2, Joseph said he has admired starry nights and the boundless cosmos. Along the way,...

Words are magnets to English Teacher Alissa Mears, a passion built first by crayons, then by her college lecture halls. From her college experience to her early teaching days to her embrace of motherhood, Mears shares the experiences that mold her career.

Alissa Mears embraces ‘humility’ in teaching, motherhood

Grace Hamilton, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus May 2, 2023

Words are magnets to English Teacher Alissa Mears, a passion built first by books, then by her college lecture halls. “I always loved English,” she said. “I always loved writing. I always loved...

Tamara Smith poses in front of the Olympics symbol. Smith pursues multilingualism in various forms.

Tamara Smith pursues multilingualism

Tara Behbehani, Opinions Editor: Online May 2, 2023

Early years  World Language and Cultures Teacher Tamara Smith said her teaching profession began in Grade 9, long before she earned her teaching license, where she volunteered at a public school in...

Travis Schill explains an assignment while teaching his World Civilizations class. He previously taught in Saudia Arabia, Mongolia, China and Venezuela.

Travis Schill reflects on time spent teaching abroad

Isabella Gibson, Reporter May 2, 2023

From Venezuela to Mongolia, Social Studies Teacher Travis Schill has lived and taught around the globe. Originally from the U.S., Schill kickstarted his career pursuing a degree at PennWest Clarion University...

Art Teacher Robyn Zellars passion for art began at an early age. Over the years, her passion blossomed into a teaching career.

Robyn Zellar explores lifelong passion for art

Uma Israni, Reporter May 2, 2023

Visual Arts Teacher Robyn Zellar said her passion for teaching has bloomed since her youth.  “When I was a little kid, when I would come home from school, in kindergarten, first grade, I would set...

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