Buenos Dias Amigos, let me introduce you to the Devon Farms Spanish teacher Rob Herring. Fun fact, his middle name is actually Harkness. Just another reason he is a perfect fit at Ensworth High School.
Great question, I certainly chuckled as I read it. Obviously, my priorities have changed quite a bit as I now try to spend as much time as possible with my son, Robert. It makes me think of my teaching with him in mind. In other words, how would I want to run my class if he were in it? Also, it is amazing how much more efficient I have become with regards to work. I have learned very quickly to better prioritize what needs to be done for the next day and what can wait until a little later. So far, I am pleased to say that I have done all of this without compromising my own standards. Needless to say, the last four months have been a whirlwind, but I’m enjoying every minute of it!
You are one of our few crossover teachers ( Red Gables to Devon Farms) tell us a little about that experience?
This is my sixth year at Ensworth. I spent two years at the Red Gables campus and then moved down the road to EHS. I really enjoyed my experience at Red Gables. Middle School truly is an adventure! I have more experience teaching high school Spanish, however, and am a little more comfortable with that age group.
My favorite Spanish speaking country that I have visited is Mexico. I spent seven weeks there travelling and living with a family as part of my graduate program through Middlebury College. The country is receiving some pretty bad press these days and I feel like in many ways, Mexico, both historically and present day, always seems to get the short end of the stick. It’s a shame because it’s a great country with a fascinating culture and history. The people could not be nicer, and I feel like the country deserves more than the lot it has drawn.
If you could be a fly on the wall in any Ensworth classroom, which would it be?
I would love to be a fly on the wall in Cris Hempel’s classroom. I’ll be honest, teaching Pre-1st terrifies me! That being said, Cris is such a sweet person and I hear that she is an amazing teacher. Not being familiar with that age group (though I guess my time will come), I would love to see what that looks like. I’m sure she has a lot to teach me about both parenting and teaching.
What day or special activity at Ensworth do you look forward to the most during the year?
One of my favorite assemblies is the Holiday assembly right before Winter Break. I think it is great that the whole school comes together. Its fun to watch all of the students, from Pre-First to high school seniors, perform and I am amazed at the skill of our arts faculty and how they bring out those abilities in every student. It’s great to see friends from the other campus and there is a palpable excitement in the air as we all look forward to a well deserved break.
Who is the next Red Gables faculty you would like to see featured on the blog?