Teacher of the Month: Mr. Jim Heine

Why did you want to become a teacher? Teaching found me.  I was looking to make a change in my career, and New York City was in need of teachers. Several events came together, and I became a teacher. How do you feel about working here for so long? I did not realize that I…

Teacher of the Month: Ms. Linda Ellman

Why did you become a teacher? I became a teacher because I really thought that History was a good way to make people to think about all kinds of big ideas and a way to think about the world. I have a passion for History and I thought I would want to talk to young…

Teacher of the Month: Ms. Hernandez

When did you start teaching? I started teaching in 2002. What did you want to be when you were younger? When I was younger I really wanted to be a doctor. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Astoria, around Ditmars Blvd. Steinway Street area. What hobbies do you have? I like to…

Teacher of the Month: Mr. Rajiv Mahajan

What’s the craziest excuse you’ve ever heard for missing homework? Someone said their bag was once stolen. It’s always the deal with the subway basically. They say something like, “I left my bag on the subway” or “someone took my bag and it had all my homework in it” that’s usually as creative as they…

Teacher of the Month: Ms. Jennifer Dikes

If you were to be on a stranded island with one BSGE teacher who would it be and why? Virge because Virge would keep me alive. Because if I was stranded with Ms. You or Adam, we’d collectively starve to death. It sounds like you have experience with that. With Virge keeping me alive. Yeah,…

Teacher of the Month: Niki Singh

You’re always surrounded by kids (family, school), where do you go to escape? The hour-long subway ride to and from school is my escape, especially when I don’t have anything to grade. What were you like as a teenager? I always think of myself as being a goody-two-shoes, but I also remember  wanting to have…

Teacher of the Month: Dr. Helfenbein

What do you think of the school year so far? So far it’s going well. Most of the students are working hard, and I hope it continues for the rest of the year. How long have you been teaching? This is my 6th year teaching, and my 4th year here teaching at BSGE. Why did…

Teacher of the Month: Ms. Connie You

What do you love about yourself? I think the thing I love about myself is the thing that I also dislike about myself, which is, I’m reflective. So I try to think a lot about my own feelings and thoughts. What’s your pet peeve? Periods and commas outside quotation marks. What intimidates you? I would…

Teacher of the Month: Ms. Lily Shen

1. What kind of student were you in high school? In China, there are three criteria students are graded on sports, academics, and behavior. I was a very good student, but I liked sports, mostly volleyball, track and field, and ping-pong. But I was also good at singing, which I did in chorus. 2. Did…

Teacher of the Month: Mr. Jim Napolitano

So Jim, did you always want to be a high school math teacher? J:I always wanted to be a teacher, from a very young age, and originally I thought I’d wind up being a physics teacher, physics was my favorite subject in high school. It turns out that when I went to become a teacher…

Teacher of the Month: Mr. Chris Potter

So we’ve heard that you used to play basketball. Can you tell us a little about that? Well I grew up in the Bronx and my father was my first basketball coach in the sev­enth and eight grade and he gave me a big head start over a lot of people because he taught us…

Teacher of the Month: Mr. Greg Hofer

Name: Greg Hofer Subject: Physics Grade: 9th What do you think of the kids in your classes? I would say generally well-behaved. There are some people who act up a little bit or are not paying attention…but I find them pretty well-behaved. What’s your earliest childhood memory? Sitting eating a plate of eggs with a…

Teacher of the Month: Mr. Michael McGuire

Name: Mike McGuire Subject: Art Grade(s): 8th, 10th, 11th, and 12th What do you think of the kids in your classes? Do they misbehave or are they generally well-behaved? Generally well-behaved…because I think the curriculum of IB art blends itself to a teenagers’ energy and its need to be free in the classroom…if they misbehave…

Teacher of the Month: Ms. Sarah Cunningham

Subject: English and Spanish Grade(s): 8th and 7th During this interview Ms. Cunningham was accompanied by her son, Sean. What do you think of the kids in your classes? Did they misbehave or are they generally well-behaved? Well BSGE has great kids. Um, they’re generally really well-behaved. The misbehavior here is like slim in comparison…

Teacher of the Month: Ms. Kerri Mahaney

Subject:Algebra Grade(s): 8 What do you think of the kids in your classes? Do they misbehave or are they generally well-be­haved? I love the kids in my classes. Yeah they misbe­have, to a normal degree.They’re normal; lovely and normal. I believe that all kids are good people. I believe that people go bad between like…

Teacher of the Month: Mr. Mark Wolov

Name: Mark Wolov Subject: Humanities Grade(s): 8th and 10th 1) What do you think of the kids in your classes? Do they misbehave or are they generally well-behaved? Well, they’re mostly well-behaved. Of course teenagers are teenagers but no one throws things at me. The kids in this school take their education seriously. 2) What…

Teacher of the Month: Ms Sonia Silva

Name: Sonia Silva Subject: Living Environment and Diploma Biology Grade(s): 8th and 12th 1) How many years have you been teaching at B.S.G.E.? This is my third year

Teacher of the Month: Ms Juanita Kumar

This month Ms. Kumar was chosen as The BACC Rag’s teacher of the month. She teachs 9th grade english. Ms. Kumar was chosen because her enthusiastic style inspires students. Her witty remarks add charm and interest to every class she teaches. How many years have you been teaching? This is my 9th year. Why did…

Teacher of the Month: Ms. Elizabeth Olive

Elizabeth is working with Niki Singh as a student teacher. We chose her as this monthʼs teacher of the month because you canʼt not like Eliz­abeth. Even though sheʼs not an official teacher at BSGE she hasalready inspired the 8th graders she works with. Full Name: Elizabeth Lithgow Olive Age: 24 Birthday: July 23 Zodiac…