TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: Mr. Kenny Johnston
TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: Mrs. Lauren Leighton
TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: Mrs. Alessandra Poggio
Mrs. Poggio is one of our Foreign Language teachers. She has Bachelors Degrees in French and Italian, and a minor in Art History from Georgetown University. She is a native Spanish and Italian speaker, and has a working background in fashion and interior design with certificate degrees from New York School of Interior Design.
"I have a passion for languages and linguistics. This stems from an upbringing surrounded by different cultures through family and travel. My goal as a first year World Language teacher was to impart my love of French and Spanish to my students by encouraging them to further their language studies and look at their own English vocabulary and syntax in a different way by understanding the etymology behind it and recognizing language patterns in a cool and fun manner. The sense of joy and pride I felt every time a younger student made a vocabulary or cultural connection and one of my high schoolers began conversing in the language was overwhelming. I hope my students are as proud of themselves as I am of them for having gone through this ‘it’s a small world’ journey with me this year and for years to come."
We asked Mrs. Poggio three random questions. Here is what she had to say!
If you had the world's attention for 30 seconds, what would you say? - "Spay and neuter your pets and support animal rescue and adoption in any small way."
If you could be a member of any TV-sitcom family, which would it be? - "I lived for the Brady Bunch. I wanted to live in that cool mid - century house and go on all their adventures as Marcia’s twin in her groovy outfits."
If you had a time machine, would you go back in time or visit the future? - "I would love to go back in time and talk to my grandparents and tell them how much I love them, go shopping and have lunch with my mother, and most of all hold my children as babies and watch them sleep in my arms (along with past fur babies as well)."