Audrey Nagel-Schoonmaker



  • What ‘Ignite passion and discovery in every student’ Means to Me

    I always tell my students that I haven't worked a day since I started teaching, and they usually ask what that means, since they see me in my classroom roughly 180 days a year. I tell them that my job is fulfilling, that I actually look forward to coming to school every morning, and that I can't imagine doing anything else. I also tell them to search for this kind of "passion and discovery" in their lives, and even suggest that they might find some of it here at ACHS. My goal is to be one of the teachers that helps them to feel "ignited" so that they go on to find something they love to do and then do it for the rest of their lives.

  • A Teachable Moment

    When I started teaching, I wasn't at all sure that was the job for me; I'd spent a lot of my younger college years trying very hard not to become my parents, who were both teachers, and at twenty-one, I thought I knew it all. After realizing that the world of professional publishing was, well, really, really boring, I decided to try a teaching degree, since both my parents and several college professors told me I'd do well there. I always said that if I didn't like the job, I wouldn't do it, as an unhappy teacher would be a miserable experience for her students, but I figured it couldn't hurt to try My first solo classroom was a summer school Freshman English class of about eight students who ranged in age from an eighth-grader trying to get ahead to a bunch of boys who had failed English to a twenty-year-old transplanted young man from Bosnia who spoke little English but wanted to get a diploma, since he couldn't finish high school before coming here as a refugee. I taught them for five hours every weekday - from 7:30 to 12:30 - and then went home and planned the next day for another five hours. We all learned a lot and had fun, too, and I realized then that teaching was exactly where I should be. I've never regretted joining the profession since that class. My dad always told me, "Give teaching five years before you decide if you want to stay in it." It took me about five minutes.

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