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Sarah Harrington | Lower School Spanish

Sarah Harrington

Would you rather win an Olympic Gold Medal or an Academy Award?
Neither, but a Grammy would be nice :)

 

To date, what is your greatest achievement?
I would have to say traveling the world and learning to speak 3 languages fluently. One of my favorite quotes is from an Austrian Philosopher named Ludwig Wittgenstein. He said, "The limits of my language are the limits of my world" and I have found that to be true in so many ways. There are some words in German that don't exist in English, but I just love using them because they describe exactly how I'm feeling in a given moment. Similarly, there are some words and phrases that just sound cooler when you say them in Spanish! But the best part is being able to really get to know people from so many different cultures and backgrounds and to learn from their experiences.

 

What do you love about Forsyth?
I love how eager the students are to learn. I have been teaching for 10 years and I've never taught to such a captivated audience as I've found in the students here at Forsyth. They are risk-takers, which is such an important quality for a foreign language learner to have. Not only do they stretch themselves, but they help me grow as an educator and I really couldn't ask for more.

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Leah Hooper | Grade 4

Leah Hooper
What's the worst thing you did as a kid?
In sixth grade, I had a most unfortunate event at lunch one day. Chili fries were served up for lunch and one lonely chili fry found its way to the table in front of me.  Without thinking, I flicked the fry and its cheesy, chili goodness across the table managing to directly hit my science teacher’s son, Jason Neale. The chili made quite an explosive mark on Jason’s yellow oxford shirt. I apologized profusely, certainly not intending to hit him. However, word got back to my science teacher, and I was sent to the principle’s office! My middle school principle let me know he wasn’t going to give me a “punishment” but stated with great authority that my parents would be very disappointed in me. Clearly the experience made a mark on me, and I do not flick food anymore!

 

Are you a saver or a spender?
I had to confer with Mr. Hooper on this one, and the consensus is that I’m a spender.  

 

What do you love about Forsyth?
There are too many things to list here, but just a few are the incredible students and their families that make teaching such a joy each day, our teaching teams that feel like family, and an amazing campus.  Walking into work each day and seeing the joyful, inquisitive students, trees blooming, and warm smiles of fellow teachers makes this an absolute dream job.  

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Christine Torlina | Lower School Science

Christine Torlina

Would you rather surf in shark infested waters or jump free fall with a parachute into the Grand Canyon?

I saw the movie Jaws when I was young, so give me the Grand Canyon any day! I visited this national park for the first time last summer and was struck with the enormity and beauty of the place! Now I understand why it is known as one of the seven wonders of the world! It was fun to watch the ravens soar above the rocks and I liked pretending to fly along with them while standing safely back from the edge of the cliff. One request, in addition to a parachute, please strap me to a professional expert because I am “VERY CAUTIOUS” of heights!

 

What is the nicest thing someone has ever done for you?

I am grateful to my father because he took me outside into the wilderness when I was a kid. We spent a lot of time boating on the water: swimming, skiing, fishing, and looking for edible mushrooms. Back at home, he enjoyed vegetable gardening and we spent hours together tending plants while chewing on asparagus stalks fresh from the ground.

 

What do you love about Forsyth?

The best part about Forsyth School is the children! I have so much fun learning right along side them because they bring their joyful enthusiasm and natural curiosity! The students keep me young at heart and excited about making new discoveries everyday!
I am also proud to be a part of a community that is willing to embrace sustainability and make changes to better care for our Earth! Everyone united to reduce waste by keeping materials out of the landfill, composting food scraps, and returning it to the soil to grow new plants. As the saying goes, “Compost… because a RIND is a terrible thing to waste!”

Posted by Mrs. Cory S. Smallwood on Thursday April 12 at 09:44PM
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Jamie Paradise | Grade 6

Jamie Paradise

What song should students listen to when doing work for your class?
When it comes to reading, Mozart seems to soothe the savage beast and help kids focus. When it comes to writing, a bit of Led Zeppelin works the opposite way and helps them write with more verve. 

 

Into which class at Forsyth would you like to enroll for a day and why?   
Probably drama, since I have a crush on that teacher. Or Sr-K, I was the Picasso of finger painting in my time, and I have a vast comic book collection I want to bring in for "Show & Tell." 
 

What do you love about Forsyth?
Nice bright kids, supportive parents, and talented colleagues. 

Posted by Mrs. Cory S. Smallwood on Thursday April 12 at 09:43PM
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Patti Duffy | Lunch & Hospitality

What food have you never eaten but would really like to try?

I have never had Sushi but would like to try it…one day :)
 

What silly or funny thing scares your or creeps you out?

Stingrays!!! I went on a cruise with my children and we swam with stingrays in the middle of the ocean and it totally creeped me out!
 

What do you love about Forsyth?

So much to love! Such a unique and special school! From the amazing children to the wonderful, caring and supportive faculty and staff. It’s a warm and caring community. Forsyth feels like home to me!

 

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