Where Would They Be If They Weren’t Teaching?

March 22, 2017

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Before they found their true calling, not all of Academy’s faculty and staff had their hearts set on teaching. Photo Credit: Vanessa Alvarez/AchonaOnline

Before finding themselves at AHN, some faculty and staff members had different visions for what their life would be.

Ann Mikos 

Ann Mikos is a AHN graduate who attended Clemson University and University of South Florida. Photo Credit: Vanessa Alvarez/AchonaOnline

Mikos says, “When I was a cute little kid, I wanted to be a ballerina. That dream quickly died. When I was in high school, I wanted to be an elementary school teacher or an engineer. Then, I ended up here.”

Emily Pantelis 

Emily Pantelis is one of AHN’s many graduates who returned as a faculty member. She currently stands as the guidance counselor and co-moderator of TLC. Photo Credit: Vanessa Alvarez/AchonaOnline

Pantelis says, “Originally I wanted to be an OBGYN. My cousin was born around the time I was in high school and I thought it was so cool because the doctor was so good at it and put everyone in the room at ease. That actually is why I wanted to become a counselor.”

Jessica Lamm

Jessica Lamm is one of AHN’s newest faculty members who teaches pre-calc and geometry. Photo Credit: Vanessa Alvarez/AchonaOnline

Lamm says, “I wanted to be a pediatrician because I wanted to help kids.”

Kim Quire

Kim Quire has been at AHN since 2013 and teaches Physics. Photo Credit: Vanessa Alvarez/AchonaOnline

Quire says, “I wanted to be an astronaut. I was always interested in the space program and science. I was planning on being an Aerospace Engineer.”

Carole Anderson 

Carole Anderson has been teaching English at Academy since 2015. Photo Credit: Vanessa Alvarez/AchonaOnline

Anderson says, “I always wanted to be an actress. From the time I was seven and I wrote and directed plays using my mother’s clothesline to make curtains, I  knew that is what I wanted to do. I used to put together music and choreograph dances. When I was in high school, I was involved in drama, chorus, and in undergrad I studied drama. It was when I met my future husband and fell in “love” with him, and we married that I left the arts. Nevertheless, I did do some performing along the way during our 44 years of marriage as of this year, and I look forward to many more.”

Sister Ann Regan 

Sister Ann Regan once taught social justice to high school students at AHN. Photo Credit: Vanessa Alvarez/AchonaOnline

Regan says, “I always wanted to be a teacher. My mother was a teacher and always seemed to love it. There weren’t many options for me at that particular time like there are for you. I liked children and I liked babysitting. I also liked summers free. Amen.”

Beth Chase 

Beth Chase teaches Economics and Civics to students at AHN. She is known for the constant “sparkle” she brings to class along with the love she has for her job. Senior Grace Neal says, “She’s been doing it [teaching] for so long and she still loves it. When you’re still so dedicated the way she is, I respect that.” Photo Credit: Vanessa Alvarez/AchonaOnline
 Chase says, “I always wanted to be a teacher. I love coming to school and I wish we could have school all year long. I enjoy your company. This isn’t like a job for me. I feel like I’m the luckiest person.”

 

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