By: Robert Wilston – esteemed Squire alumni
After combing through the past teacher spotlights, it became apparent to the journalism staff that we have not yet interviewed the true face behind Journalism, Miss Howe. So we threw aside all that she has taught as about nepotism and sat down with our leader to get to know her a little better.
The Squire: What made you want to become a teacher?
Miss Howe: Well, my mother is a teacher, so, through the years, I saw how much she enjoyed it. Also, the other element that influenced my career choice was that I loved to write about and analyze literature. I wanted to find a career where I could do this on a regular basis, so I became a high school English teacher.
TS: When did you first have an interest for English? What made you want to pursue it at a higher level?
MH: During my senior year in high school, I had an English teacher who ran the course like a college class and that is where I found that I really enjoyed analyzing literature.
TS: What is your favorite part of teaching?
MH: My favorite part is interacting with students. They make me laugh every day. I also love that every day is a little bit different, so it is certainly not boring.
TS: What is your least favorite part of teaching?
MH: It would definitely be the take home work. I’m sure the reason I have so much is due to the fact that I am an English teacher.
TS: What do you like to do in your free time?
MH: I run a lot, although I don’t really like running. I am pretty social, so I hang out with my friends, and I spend time with my family. I enjoy decorating and renovating my house. I also like to read and drink tea.
TS: If you were an animal what would you be?
MH: I would be an owl because I like cute owls, and I am kind of nocturnal. I like staying up late and sleeping in.
TS: Would you rather be the world’s best racquetball player or find $100 on the street? Explain.
MH: Probably the racquetball player because of the esteem and fame that comes with professional racquetball. Plus, I could make my millions and retire early.
TS: Marry one, kiss one, kill one…
William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain
MH: I would probably marry Mark Twain because he is funny. I wouldn’t really want to kill Edgar Allan Poe, but I probably would if I had to pick one. He was pretty dark, so he might mind death the least. So, I guess I’d have to smooch Bill Shakespeare, but I am not thrilled about that. However, based on some of his sonnets, maybe he’s a romantic, so that might not be so bad after all.
So there you have it, Miss Howe has a new man (who is going to be the one to tell her that Mark Twain has been dead for over a hundred years?). Now you know a little bit more about the true conductor behind the scenes of a train called journalism, although you may know her as your favorite English teacher.