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Kay Walters, Fairfax High School

Name           Kay Walters

School      Fairfax High School

Grade/Subject     Fashion Marketing, Advanced Fashion Marketing and Marketing Cooperative Internship

How long have you been a teacher? 27 years

What is your favorite lesson of the year? Oh gosh – this is hard to isolate to just one lesson, but I really think it is workplace readiness skills that are taught all year.  Students can benefit from learning to complete a job application or preparing a thirty page written business analysis.

What do you like most about your school? The Fairfax High School community is why I am thrilled to be teaching at Fairfax.  The students, parents and businesses are all dedicated to the success of our high school students and marketing program.  It really is rewarding to see so many familiar faces from our high school also working in the community.

Why do you like this grade (best thing about this age of students) My favorite aspect of teaching high school students is their genuine enthusiasm. I am frequently inspired by their excitement for all things – from attending a high school sporting or entertainment event to helping others in their community.  I am amazed at how these students find the time to contribute all that they do to their high school and community.

One tip for parents:  Listen to your children.

5 Quick  Q&A

Favorite book? The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

College/University attended?  The University of Southern Mississippi and George Mason University

If you could be another profession, what would it be?  Absolutely none other than a teacher.

Favorite place to travel? Capri, Italy

Favorite thing to do on weekends? Attend FHS Sports and enjoy neighborhood activities with family and friends.

Pete Peterson, Fairfax High School

Name: Pete Peterson

School: Fairfax High School

Grade/Subject 11/12, Physics/AP Physics

How long have you been a teacher?

This is my seventeenth year teaching (all seventeen years have been at Fairfax High School).

What is your favorite lesson of the year?

That really varies from year to year.  I guess it is whichever one the students are most engaged in.  If I had to nail it down, it would probably be along the lines of when a student asks a really good question that leads into the realm of black holes or quantum mechanics or something else really out there beyond our everyday experience (in other words it is rarely me initiating the best lessons, it is the students).

What do you like most about your school?

The people–students and colleagues alike.  I feel very much at home here, where I get paid to just be myself and enjoy the company I keep.

Why do you like this grade (best thing about this age of students) They are stepping out on their own, tentatively (or in some cases voraciously) exploring ideas beyond the familiar and comfortable.

One tip for parents: Stimulate brains!  Make them think!  Change up routines, discuss ideas you disagree with, do whatever you can to get kids to think in different ways, about different things.  Schools can become very good at getting kids to think about the material in the official curriculum, but there is so much more to life than that!

5 Quick  Q&A

Favorite book? Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely

College/University attended? University of Michigan (both undergraduate and graduate school)

If you could be another profession, what would it be? Professional philosopher (hard to earn a living that way, so I found this!)

Favorite place to travel? Other perspectives

Favorite thing to do on weekends? Spend time with my son

Kelly Lusk, Fairfax High School

Name Kelly Lusk

School Fairfax High School

Grade/Subject ESOL Department Chair/AVID teacher

How long have you been a teacher?

9 years

What is your favorite lesson of the year?

In AVID, I love when students do college research projects and goal-setting activities. It’s amazing to watch them plan for their futures and figure out how to do what it takes to get wherever they want to go. I am lucky enough to co-teach World History 1 with my best friend and another all-star teacher (Rachel Shafer), so every lesson we do together is my favorite.

What do you like most about your school?

There is no better place to be than Fairfax High School. I came here as senior in high school and have grown to love this community more every year. I work with diligent, passionate teachers, and our diverse student body teaches me more about the world and about myself every day.

Why do you like this grade (best thing about this age of students)

I teach all different grades, but high school in general is a really exciting period in young people’s lives. Watching my students figure out who they are and what they want for their next step in life is a really great stage to be a part of.

One tip for parents:

Don’t make excuses for your kid. Celebrate their achievements and hold them accountable for their failures. Both are equally important in shaping them into responsible citizens.

5 Quick  Q&A

Favorite book? How could I possibly choose??

College/University attended? University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

If you could be another profession, what would it be? I have my dream job.

Favorite place to travel? I want to visit every continent. Five down, two to go!

Favorite thing to do on weekends? I work a couple of part-time jobs on top of teaching, so free weekends are priceless. I like to go out in my DC neighborhood when I’m off the clock. It’s great to live in a city where there are so many fun things to do for free.

Jane Dull – Daniels Run Elementary School

Name  Jane Dull

School  Daniels Run Elementary

Grade/Subject  3rd grade

How long have you been a teacher? This is my 16th year.

What is your favorite lesson of the year?  Our school is beginning to implement Guided Math for our students. It has taken some trials and errors to see what “works” for my students and also fits my style of teaching.  I think we are off to a great start and will continue to change as we go.  It’s perfect for differentiating and meeting each student exactly where they are in math.

What do you like most about your school? It is much like a family.  Everyone is friendly and caring.  It is amazing the support you get from the whole staff, professionally and personally.

Why do you like this grade (best thing about this age of students) This is the best age to teach! Eight and nine year olds have learned some independence but still rely on adults for support and approval. They really want to please their teacher. I get pictures and notes almost every day telling me I am the best teacher in the whole world.  How can you top that!

5 Quick  Q&A

Favorite book? The Bible

College/University attended? BA at Indiana State University and Masters at George Mason University.

If you could be another profession, what would it be? Teaching is it!

Favorite place to travel? I used to be a flight attendant many years ago and have seen many countries so I guess I’d say I love going back home to Indiana to visit my family.

Favorite thing to do on weekends? Grade papers….just kidding!  Play with my two grandchildren and go out to dinner with my husband.  I also love movies.

 

Chelsea Large – Daniels Run Elementary School

Name: Chelsea Large

School: Daniels Run Elementary School

Grade/Subject: 6th Grade

How long have you been a teacher? This is my third year teaching 6th grade. I also spent one year teaching English as a Foreign Language in Greece from 2010-2011.

What is your favorite lesson of the year? I love getting into the interesting facts about the Civil War. I am a huge Civil War buff and truly enjoy passing that interest onto my students. It all really connects for the students during our annual field trip to Gettysburg Battle Field in Pennsylvania. It is incredible watching their reactions as they learn more about the Civil War on ground where it actually happened.

What do you like most about your school? I love the people at Daniels Run more than anything. The students who come here every day make this a great place to work. The staff here is also top notch. I can’t imagine a better group of colleagues to spend my time with. It is such a supportive environment full of caring individuals.

Why do you like this grade (best thing about this age of students). When I started teaching sixth grade I was wonderfully surprised to be greeting by students with an eagerness to learn. These students are at such a crucial time in their lives both developmentally and educationally. I consider myself lucky enough to be a part of this time in their lives.

One tip for parents: Find one thing that interests your child that you can get into too. Having something in common to talk about or enjoy together is a great way to build a strong relationship.

5 Quick  Q&A

Favorite book? Kids: Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls, Adult: The Art of Running in the Rain by Garth Stein

College/University attended? Appalachian State University

If you could be another profession, what would it be? Travel Writer

Favorite place to travel? My parents beach house on Chincoteague Island

Favorite thing to do on weekends? Relax and spent time with family and friends

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