By Skye Finnestad
For my interview, I chose to interview my favorite English teacher, Mrs. McLaughlin. I think she’s a cool person and I thought interviewing her would be interesting. I asked her 15 questions regarding school and her life. I enjoyed conducting this interview, and I hope you enjoy reading it.
Q1: How does it feel to be ending the school year again?
A: It’s definitely exciting and much needed for many of the hard working students in my class.
Q2: How is it working with freshmen vs seniors?
A: Freshmen have high energy and I need to be more creative when I work with them, but they laugh at my jokes! With the seniors, I can have discussions with them because they are deep thinkers and they transition better than freshmen.
Q3: What’s your favorite work of literature to focus on?
A: Hamlet. Its challenging and complicated and there’s so many twists and turns. It’s never boring. And it has a ghost!
Q4: What’s the hardest part of teaching?
A: Grading papers. It is so time consuming. I lose my whole weekend to grading papers. I hear how great everyone else’s weekend was, but I was grading in my kitchen the whole time.
Q5: Do you prefer teaching freshmen or seniors?
A: I can’t say. There are so many bonuses to both that it’s really hard to pick one. It’s like comparing apples and oranges trying to compare freshmen and seniors.
Q6: Have you ever shipped a couple? Did they end up together?
A: Yes and yes. I’ve had students come to me and ask if they could sit near a crush and after time they would actually end up dating. I just gave ‘em a little nudge in the right direction.
Q7: What’s one thing you would change about West Hills High School if you could?
A: Cliques, there’s way to much emotional drama. Why can’t everyone just be friends? I feel for the kids who get left out or ignored, because I was there at one point too. Kids can just be so harsh.
Q8: Is there another subject or grade you would have taught if you had to? What is it?
A: I originally wanted to teach kindergarten, but after some exposure to the kids and how energetic they were, I knew I couldn’t handle doing it for the rest of my life. I decided I wanted to teach high school and I went and did all the schooling for it and here I am now.
Q9: What’s one pet peeve you have when it comes to students?
A: Spitting their gum on the floor. Spitting in general is disrespectful, but spitting gum on the floor is even worse.
Q10: What class pet would you have if it was mandatory?
A: If I had to pick one I would pick a dog to kind of go along with the wolfpack!
Q11: How did you and your husband end up together?
A: We actually were set up on a blind date and we really hit it off. We had a really good time, and after about a year, he proposed. I was shocked, because I didn’t want to get married. I said no and so we both went our separate ways. After a few years we got together again and ended up getting married!
Q12: What are your thoughts on love?
A: I think that there is truth in “the right person, wrong time.” If it’s truly meant to be, it will be. You don’t have to force anything with love, everything will come naturally. I’m no love expert though, so don’t quote me.
Q13: If you could offer any piece of advice to teens, what would it be?
A: Focus on yourself and your needs before worrying about anyone else. Your goals and desires are most important in the long run, so set your eye on a goal and work till you get it. Do not let anyone kill your dreams and never let anyone stand in the way. You are more than capable.
Q14: How do you feel about the school year being just about over?
A: I’m shocked! The time just keeps flying, this year particularly faster than the others. I’m going to miss all my seniors.
Q15: Last question, Team Jacob or Team Edward?
A: Jacob, he’s still living.
I chose to interview Mrs. McLaughlin because she is my favorite teacher and I figured it would make for an interesting interview. I wanted to ask her questions regarding her career and regarding her students. I also ended up asking her a few extra questions.