“I got a question, as serious as…”

Actually, you all (my students) had questions, so I thought it would be easy to answer them here.

(Bonus points if you know the lyric that’s the title of this post. You probably don’t.)

There were a good amount of interesting questions from my classes.

“What’s your favorite hobby/pastime/what do you do in your free time?”

Wow, that’s tough. There’s a lot of things I love to do: ride my bike (cycling), coach sports (baseball, basketball, soccer), listen to music/podcasts, cook, hang out with my kids and wife, eat too many cookies, exercise, learn. I like to geek out with my 8-year daughter when we listen to her favorite music. We loving singing  “Roar” by Katherine Perry. #socute

Why did you choose to be an English teacher?

After working as a journalist (a reporter/writer for something called a “newspaper” that people used to read everyday) for about 5 years, I was growing unsatisfied with that career. I had the opportunity to help out in high school newspaper class and I really enjoyed the interactions with the students. I had also been putting a lot of thought into the idea of coaching high school basketball, so it was a natural fit to go into teaching high school English.

“What is the most important thing in your life and why?”

My family. Kinda obvious.

“What’s your favorite meme?”

Ermahgerd is pretty sweet. Here’s a neat story about that person.

“Can you surf?”

Can I surf? I’m from Santa Cruz. (Represent!) So, yes…I know surf.

Actually, I don’t know Kung Fu; wish I did.







“What college did you attend?”

My college path was rather circuitous. I spent 4 years at Cabrillo junior college as I wasn’t ready to be a college student after high school graduation. It’s a bit rough to do something you aren’t ready for. Once I got my act together, I did pretty well. [But my first three semesters were really messy; like almost-getting-kicked-out-of-school messy because I wasn’t ready to be a serious student.] I then transferred and graduated with my bachelor’s degree from Sacramento State, earned my teaching credential from San Jose State and took a few literature classes along the way at UC Santa Cruz.

“Who’s your favorite musical artist?”

Waaaaaaay to hard to narrow it down to one. Let’s see…Prince, The Beastie Boys, Oingo Boingo, Public Enemy, Slightly Stoopid, The Beatles, Devo, Bob Marley, The Blues Brothers, Tchaikovsky, Skankin Pickle, Streetlight Manifesto, The Budos Band, RATM, Primus…

“Who’s your favorite author/book?”

Again, this is tough.

Try these sometime: Authors: Terry Southern, Shakespeare, James Ellroy, Steinbeck, Books: Beach Music, Cutting For Stone, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Grapes of Wrath, You Can’t Win…

“What is the key to success in your class?”

Ask questions. Be organized (still a challenge for me). Honesty. Focus on what’s important.

“Where would you travel if you could go anywhere in the world”

Ireland. My peoples.

“You look a lot like Benedict Cumberbatch”

Actually, I get that a lot. Maybe I can be his stunt double?

“How long have you been teaching seniors/How long have you been at Leigh?”

In my 19 years at Leigh, I have taught seniors for 18 years. Once, I had all seniors

“How did you get over your nervousness of public speaking?”

I like this question. Honestly, if I had to speak in front of a bunch of my peers or other adults, I might be a bit uncomfortable, but nowhere like when I was young. I got over it by just not caring any more about being nervous. That and performing in a band. Like at clubs and such. (Another story for another time).

What years did you coach Leigh girl’s basketball?

I coached the boys hoops team from 1999-2001 and the girls team from 2001-2004. I am the first coach of the girls basketball team at LHS to win 20 games #humblebrag. My other claim to fame as the girls coach? We never lost by more than 40 points when we played Mitty. #perspective

If you could do anything other than being a teacher what would you do?

I’d like to be a strength and conditioning coach (like a trainer but it’s a job that requires more education) for a high school.

What is your favorite color?

Blue. Of course. Come on, you know you want to click on it – it’s not like you have to answer 5 questions or anything hard like that.

“What is your favorite pie?”




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