Article By: Joaquin Mayo
A brand new school year signals numerous changes here at ISM. From new students to upgraded facilities, ISM welcomes these additions with open arms. However, with the new year also come fresh faces to the already-vibrant ISM community. Several new staff members were interviewed to give us a glimpse of their unique personalities.
Issa Daoud, 9th & 10th Grade Counselor
- If you could be any animal, what would you be?
“I would be one of those birds that could swim, too, and be underwater for a few minutes. Then you could do everything, you could walk on earth, fly, swim! You could be part of all of the world.”
Tyrel Newbill, IB & 10th Grade English
- How would you describe yourself in three words?
“Unruly, unorthodox, and grumpy. Depending on my mood of the day, sometimes I like to do things my own way. I like to do things just a little bit different and sometimes I actually enjoy the fact that you don’t always have to be happy to still have a good time.”
Cristi Carlstead, IB, 9th, & 10th Grade Math
- What do you like most about teaching?
“I like that moment when lightbulbs go off and things that students thought they couldn’t do, they then have that ‘aha’ moment and realize they could do more than they thought.”
- What type of food would you be?
“I’d be a chocolate chip cookie. A little bit sweet and you sometimes hit a surprise you may enjoy.”
Kathryn Govier, IB & 9th Grade Geography
- If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you have?
“A pack of salt and vinegar crisps, an iPod for music, and a buddy to talk to.”
Winnie Wong, Graphic Design and Photography
- How do you stay passionate about what you do?
“By giving myself breaks, like watching TV shows and spending time with friends and family.”
- If you were a new addition to the crayon box, what color crayon would you be?
“Rose quartz because it’s an awesome color!“
Lindsay Mould, IB Psychology and 9th Grade Geography
- If you could trade places with any other person for a week, who would you pick?
“Gandhi- I’d like to know what it feels like to be that chill. Or Trump so that I can spend a week making him talk some sense!“
Jo Gill, 9th Grade Learning Support
- What do you think is the greatest challenge facing students today?
“I think it is knowing how to manage and emotionally detach from access to infinite amounts of information. The internet and social media are fantastic tools yet young people literally have nowhere to hide. This influences so much and when still young, it can be destructive.”
Eric Swan, 11th & 12th Grade Counselor
- What were you like in highschool?
“I was tall, skinny, with a full head of hair!”
- What are you currently reading for enjoyment?
“‘One to Zero’. It’s about entrepreneurships and startups.”
Darren Rodgers, IB and 10th Grade Math
- If you won $20 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money?
“I would pay off my student loans and my family loans and debts. I would set some of the money aside for my nieces and nephews for college. I would probably donate some of it to charity and then spend the rest for a nice vacation during breaks.”