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.