Teacher

William Marks
William Marks
Class: Life Sciences, Biology, Anatomy and a section of Physics

Years at Riverside Prep: Five
1. What do you like about teaching at Riverside Prep? The kids are pretty good here. There are some negatives like any school, but the kids are what keep me coming back. They're a solid, good group of kids. You have your knuckleheads, but most of them are just really good kids.

2. What do you like most about teaching science? A lot of the kids don't care too much about what they learn in biology now because it's more abstract, so they just take it because they have to. The kids in anatomy take it because they want to learn it, so they're way more interested. So we're going over bones right now and I have a kid who broke his shoulder. So we're going over different joints and he's like, 'Oh yeah, here's mine,' and he showed me a picture of his dislocated shoulder. So they like that aspect of it. 

3. Why did you go into teaching? I kind of fell into it. I didn't really know what I wanted to do and I started teaching at my college doing labs, and I really like it. So I started teaching at a trade school and decided if I want to make money I need to go teach at a high school, so it kind of just fell into place.
4. What's the biggest reward of being a teacher? Probably the little letters I get from kids. I have a couple of them hanging up in my classroom and they kind of help when you're having a bad day. Kids will send me stuff when they graduate and tell me that I really helped. And they usually come at the end of the school year when you're pulling your hair out and then it's like, 'Oh, I can do this another year.'

5. What does it mean to be the first High School Teacher of the Month? I was actually a little surprised because I've just been head down, charging through, trying to make it through the semester. So when I saw it I was like, 'Is this a joke?' But it's really nice to be selected.
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