New Kid . . .errr .
By Anna Duning and Dana
Cazan (September 25, 2006)
New Instructors Offer
Perspectives, Talents, Advice
year, GMHS welcomes 10 new faculty members to the rapidly growing
staff. Lasso Online’s Anna Duning and Dana Cazan caught up with these new faces to help introduce
them to the student body.
||Mr. Bill Daughtridge, the new IB Coordinator, advises
students to “work hard, stay focused and keep balanced.” Originally
from Rocky Mount, North Carolina, this history and German
major studied at the University of Missouri at Columbia. So far, his favorite part
of Mason has been “the polite, friendly and highly motivated
students.” Noting how much has changed since he was a student, Mr.
Daughtridge adds that when he was in high school, “the term ‘environmentalism’ was
this time now because it will go by quickly,” says Mr. Brad McAdam, the newbie in the counseling
department. Mr. McAdam comes from Dover, New Hampshire, and attended college at
St. Michael’s in Vermont where he majored in American
Studies. He then received his masters in education at the University of Maryland. His favorite aspect of Mason
so far is the smaller size; he is especially looking forward
to “getting to know the students and being a part of outside
events.” Mr. McAdam also notes that when he was in high school, “I made
the most of my fun opportunities.”
||Mrs. Paige Whitlock, the new English teacher and
senior class sponsor, informs students that “when it comes
to work, either pay up front or pay in the end.” She is originally
from Wayzata, Minnesota, and attended Drake University and the University of Minnesota, studying English and later
received her masters in educational leadership. So far, Mrs.
Whitlock enjoys “the diverse interests and backgrounds of the
students” at Mason as well as its smaller size. She is most
looking forward to grading her first set of papers this year.
When Mrs. Whitlock was in high school, she describes herself
as being very “free-spirited.”
||Mr. Jonathan Pepper, a new science teacher, tells Masonites to “work
hard but don’t take yourself too seriously.” Mr. Pepper, a
big hockey fan, grew up just north of Detroit and attended the University of Washington in St. Louis where he studied environmental
science. Mr. Pepper comments that when he was in high school, “I
was the kid in the corner.” At George Mason, however, he is
looking forward to finally calling Mason home after teaching
at four different schools, and has hopefully outgrown his high
||Ms. Nisha Shensharma comes all
the way from Bombay, India, and now teaches psychology
and history here at Mason. She studied at the University of Bombay and later at Virginia Tech.
She enjoys George Mason for its smaller size as well as the
interesting students and is looking forward to “helping them
work toward success.” When she was in high school, “we had
to wear uniforms,” she says. Just as she personally has done so far, Ms. Sensharma hopes that Mason students enjoy their school year.
try your best and believe in yourself,” says Ms. Hilary Thornton, new math teacher and co-yearbook sponsor.
A native Canadian, she attended the University of Alberta in Alberta, Canada. She likes George Mason for
its “all-around support” and is looking forward to getting
to know more people. Despite her current profession, “in high
school, I was not one of the students the teachers enjoyed,” she
||Ms. Melanie Besio, another of our new math teachers, will be sharing the responsibilities
of yearbook sponsor with Mrs. Thornton. Although she calls
herself a “military brat,” Ms. Besio is
somewhat of a Virginian herself, having attended Oakton and Robinson High Schools and then the University of Virginia. At UVA she majored in landscape
architecture and received her masters in education. She is
especially looking forward to “a finished yearbook” and advises
students to “participate and have fun.”
warming is real,” declares new science teacher Mr. Husan Thompson. Originally from Los Angeles, California, he attended Xavier University in Louisiana where he majored in biochemistry.
He also received his masters in curriculum and administration.
Mr. Thompson’s favorite part of George Mason is “the art on
the walls” and he is looking forward to “keeping my job.” In
high school, he says, he never did his homework but now he
advises students to “wake up!”
high school because you can never go back,” advocates another
new science teacher, Ms.
Jennifer Parsons. All the way from Portugalcove, Newfoundland, Canada, she attended Virginia Commonwealth University and majored in forensic science.
She also has a masters in teaching
secondary chemistry. Ms. Parsons’s favorite
aspect of George Mason thus far has been the people, both students
and teachers, and she is looking forward to “having fun!” this
year. During her own high school experience “at the turn of
the century,” she was “very athletic” and will be demonstrating
those skills this spring when she coaches soccer.
a familiar face to many, Mr. Marc Robarge is the former art teacher
at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. Now, he will be teaching
both art and photography at Mason. He attended the University of Virginia and then Indiana University, studying art and sculpture.
In high school, he says that “my favorite class was art. I
liked football games and dances with friends.” An artist in
his own right, Mr. Robarge passes on the wisdom to “be yourself.”
the way from Morocco, the new Italian teacher, Dr. Meriem Bousaidi Bacha, is anticipating
the moment when “my students can fully communicate with
me in Italian.” An expert in the language, she attended
the Université Mohammed V in
Rabat, Morocco, then perfected her skills at the Università di Bologna in Italy.
She hopes students will “take advantage of everything they
are given” and “read,” for she believes that “reading is
the key to knowledge.”
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