By Amany A. & Silas P.
Mrs. Frijia is the ESOL teacher at Hampton Elementary School.
Do you enjoy working with kids?:
Love it. I have the best job ever.
How long have you been working with kids?:
What are your hobbies?:
I love to travel, read, go places with my family, go to the beach, and cross stitch.
Do you have another job then a teacher?:
Yes. I am a licensed social worker and used to work with children and families
Which school do you prefer working at?:
Hampton is the best school!
What is the other school you work at?:
Rider wood elementary school
Did you always plan to do this?:
Yes because children are fun to work with.
If you weren’t a teacher what would you be?:
I would probably resume my social career.
Do you prefer online or in person school?:
No, I would love to go back to school.
Are there any pros to online school?:
We are saving pollution and I get to wear whatever I want.
What secrets are in the teacher’s lounge?:
There's a soda machine, there is no snack machine, but there is a fridge.
By Harper M. & K.B.S.I.
Mrs. Francis is a second grade teacher at Hampton Elementary School
This interview has been edited and condensed.
Reporter 1: Do you like anime?
Mrs. Francis: I don't know I feel bad *Laughter* not answering!
Reporter 2: How many years have you been teaching at Hampton?
Mrs. Francis: umm.. visible confusion*7?I have been teaching 16 years at Hampton.
Reporter 1:What other grades have you taught besides second grade?
Mrs. Francis: I taught 3rd grade.
Reporter 2:What do you like to do in your Free Time?
Mrs. Francis: I like to read, garden, and hike.
Reporter 1:Do you like horror movies?
Mrs. Francis: No-
Reporter 1:what about you harper?
REPORTER 1:SO IM THE ONLY- *More laughter*I’M-I’M THE ONLY ONE?
Reporter 2: What is your favorite part of teaching second grade?
Mrs. Francis: My favorite part is the hugs at the end of the day.
By Penelope K.
Mrs. Cavender is a physical education teacher at Hampton Elementary School.
Penelope: When did you start teaching?
Mrs. Cavender: I started being a substitute in September 2003. Then I started being a permanent teacher in 2004.
Penelope: What do you like about online teaching?
Mrs. Cavender: I really enjoy using the music and videos. I don’t usually get to use technology stuff in the gymnasium because we are one of many gymnasiums that has no technology. I think the greatest part of being online is that I can be with my family.
Penelope: Since you said you like movies, which one is your favorite?
Mrs. Cavender: So, one of the first movies that comes to my mind is Hook because when I was younger I loved the story of Peter Pan. It was my favorite. When Hook came out it was such a different spin on the story that I thought it was really really cool.
Penelope: What are some of the changes in PE from when you were a student to now?
Mrs.Cavender: I think the biggest changes are that my school used to have a dodgeball unit. So many different dodgeball games! I remember I was taught how to ride a bike on our hard courts. Back then there was more physical stuff and games. Now, the focus is more towards the physically fit and healthy lifestyle.
Penelope: Did you always want to be a teacher?
Mrs. Cavender: When I was in third grade, I had a teacher who made learning fun. I wanted to be a teacher since I was in the third grade. Of course at one point I also wanted to be a soccer player.
Penelope: What is your favorite subject?
Mrs. Cavender: I gotta say reading. I like having conversations about books. Reading them and asking questions about them, like what is your favorite part? Why did you think the character did that?
Penelope: What is your favorite book to read in school out of the curriculum as a teacher?
Mrs. Cavender: The BFG by Roald Dahl, because in the book the way the BFG talks are funny and it’s spelled wrong. When I would read it aloud and speak funny. It was my favorite to read and funny.
Penelope: What is your favorite sport and non-sport exercise?
Mrs. Cavender: Soccer and HIIT training.
By Amany A. & Harper M.
Mr. Carp is a 5th grade teacher at Hampton Elementary school
This interview has been edited and condensed
Reporter 1: How long have you been teaching at Hampton?
Mr. Carp: 5 years
Reporter 2: What is your favorite Game?
Mr. Carp: Assassin creed
Reporter 1: Do you like virtual learning?
Mr. Carp: yes and they can help each other with spelling and stuff.
Reporter 2: What other grades have you taught other than fifth grade?
Mr. Carp: Third grade.
Reporter 1: Do you like your job?
Mr. Carp: yes!
Reporter 2: What secrets are there in the teachers lounge?
Mr. Carp: Um, an old popcorn machine may work.
Reporter 1: What did you want to be when you were a kid?
Mr. Carp: archaeologist
Reporter 2: What advice would you give someone who wants to be a teacher?
Mr. Carp: Be patient
Reporter 1: Do you like the schedule this year more than last year?
Mr. Carp: Yes!
By Zoey Marie & Silas P.
Mr. Wade is a fourth-grade teacher at Hampton Elementary School.
Zoey Marie: Which do you prefer, online or offline schooling?
Mr. Wade: I think I like in-person class more because I can see what you’re doing, I can see people’s facial expressions for whether they need help or not. Though, in online class you can mute people and turn your camera off. So, in-person class I think is better, but online class has its pros.
Silas P. : How long have you been at Hampton?
“I have been at Hampton for 30 years.”
Zoey Marie: How do you feel about your job? Do you like it or not?
Mr. Wade: Yeah, I love it, I really do. I can’t see myself do anything but teaching. Why that is is that I like helping people and I can be more creative to help people. I need to figure out how to get around a kid’s problem so they can learn. Teaching is just very fulfilling.
Zoey Marie: What’s your favorite subject?
Mr. Wade: Ooh, that’s a good one. Y’know, that's changed in the past. It was science because I really liked teaching science because we had a space unit. But that changed and it wasn't as interesting anymore. So then it was social studies. It is now math because it’s black and white. You know the right answer. ELA isn't my favorite to teach but I like how kids become more expressive from the beginning to the end of the school year and it becomes more colorful.
Silas P. : What are your hobbies?
Mr. Wade: One of the things I do for exercise is hiking/paddling. I’ll read and I have a few favorite shows.
Zoey Marie: What other jobs have you had?
Mr. Wade: Well, I have, but they were summer jobs I had. In 1986 I started working at a record store. Then, I stopped and delivered glass in a pickup truck. One summer I worked for grass cutting. Next landscaping. Then, I had a job where we’d go to Macy’s’ and other stores and count the items on each shelf with a team of 20 people just counting things in the store. One time, we did a home depot and it took a really long time. Though, these things weren’t careers. Now, I try saving some to not work in the summer.
By Penelope K.
Senora Gallardo is a Spanish teacher at Hampton Elementary School.
Penelope: How long have you taught at Hampton Elementary?
Senora Gallardo: This is my seventh year.
Penelope: Did you always plan to be a teacher?
Senora Gallardo: When I was younger, I wanted to be a veterinarian. I realized how much bloody stuff there is. Then I was a translator.
Penelope: Did you like being a translator?
Senora Gallardo: I liked being a translator.
Penelope: What did you do after being a translator?
Senora Gallardo: I was going to be an elementary teacher. Instead I became a passport teacher.
Penelope: How many languages do you speak?
Senora Gallardo: I joke that I speak 3½ because I speak Italian, English, Spanish and French, but I have not practiced French in a while.
Penelope: Do you teach languages other than Spanish?
Senora Gallardo: No, but the students try to get me to speak the other languages.
Penelope: Do you like online school or do you prefer in person school?
Senora Gallardo: I like that I don’t have to drive everywhere, but I do miss seeing the kids.
Penelope: So, do you still go to other schools?
Senora Gallardo: Virtually I meet 4 schools. Believe it or not, I used to go to more schools before.
Penelope: What are some of the things you like to do outside of school?
Senora Gallardo: Spending time with my family and watching my daughter ride her horse.
Penelope: When did she start riding?
Senora Gallardo: 1½ years ago. I asked her what she wanted to do. She said either archery or horseback riding. I didn’t want her shooting arrows everywhere.
Penelope: How many pets do you have?
Senora Gallardo: 4 pets. 3 dogs and a cat.
Penelope: What advice would you give to someone who wants to be a passport teacher?
Senora Gallardo: Be flexible. Have fun. And don't over stress things. Not everything has to be perfect. Also, have a full tank of gas.
Penelope: Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Senora Gallardo: I go to the beach each year, but my favorite is with my family.
Penelope: Where is your family?
Senora Gallardo: I don’t have family in the US. My mom and sister live in Spain and the rest of my family lives in Italy.
Penelope: With your family living so far away, what did you do for the holidays this year?
Senora Gallardo: We video chat using Whatsapp to call family. There is a 6 hour difference so when it’s the afternoon for us, they are getting ready for bed.
Penelope: Where is the furthest you have traveled in the US?
Senora Gallardo: I have only traveled on the East Coast but I want to travel farther. The furthest I’ve gone in the US is Panama City in Florida on the Gulf Coast. The water there was green and blue.