New Teacher Interview - Ms. Roger

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Chatham School District is known for the quality of its academics. This, among other reasons, is due to the exceptional staff we hire. Ms. Roger is just one example of the many qualified staff hired this school year. Ms. Roger is a sophomore english teacher new to the Chatham staff this year. As students of hers, we interviewed her to learn more about the teachers CHS hires.

AB: What other schools have you taught at besides CHS?

SR: I’ve taught at two previous schools before coming to CHS. I’ve taught at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Lodi, NJ and DePaul Catholic High School in Wayne, NJ.

AB: Have you ever taught grades younger than high school?

SR: Yes, when I worked at TJMS, I was a 7th and 8th grade teacher.

AB: What is it like adjusting to teaching in a new school?

SR: It’s a little overwhelming, especially trying to learn everyone’s name and the layout of the school. However, it’s also exciting having the chance to meet so many new students and teachers.

AB: Have you ever been a new student at a school? If so, how does it compare to being a new teacher?

SR: I moved to a new school in sixth grade and I didn’t know a single person! It was very nerve-racking. It’s very similar to being a new teacher, as I didn’t know a single teacher here on my first day. However, as soon as you meet one person (as a student or teacher), you feel instantly better.

AB: Why did you come to CHS? What made you want to teach here?

SR: After hearing great things about CHS and the community of Chatham, I jumped at the chance to work here. It has truly been a great experience here so far; everyone, students and staff, have been very welcoming!

AB: Why did you want to  become a teacher?

SR: I always knew I wanted to be a teacher since I was little. I liked the whole aspect of helping others learn something new.  It wasn’t until high school, I realized I wanted to teach English.

AB: What are your hobbies outside of teaching?

SR: I use to be a competitive roller skater and spent the majority of my spare time at practice or traveling somewhere to compete. I don’t do that anymore but now some of hobbies include traveling, and going to as many country concerts as possible.

AB: What is your favorite thing to teach? Are there any particular books you enjoy going over or analyzing in a class?

SR: I love teaching novels. Some of my favorite texts to teach are The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and Twelfth Night by Shakespeare. Two of my classes just finished the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller. That was a lot of fun to teach, as my students really got into acting it out, accents and all!

9. Is there anything you don't enjoy teaching? Like a certain lesson that is not fun for you to go over?

SR: Nope, I enjoy teaching all aspects of English class.

AB: Did you always want to teach English? Was it your favorite subject in school?

SR: English was always my favorite subject in school as I just loved to read and write. It was my 11th grade English teacher who inspired me to become an English teacher though. We covered Lord of the Flies by William Golding and the way she got us to analyze and pick apart the text was life changing for me.