This week, the Warrior Word interviewed Mr. Woods—a new English teacher at the school—via email. Get to know him as he shares many fascinating details about himself with us, like what made him choose to become an English teacher and what his hobbies are.
Tziyona Gheblikian: Where were you born and raised?
Mr. Woods: Miami, FL.
TG: How long have you been teaching for?
MW: 5 years. I have taught in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Washington D.C., and of course Florida.
TG: Which classes do you teach here?
MW: 12th Grade English, and Advanced Placement English Language and Composition.
TG: What was your dream career as a child?
MW: To become a Marine Biologist (HA!)
TG: What made you choose to become an English teacher?
MW: As a criminal justice student in college, I learned about what's called the "School-to-Prison pipeline" and how policies and the way students can be punished push them into the Juvenile Justice system. This knowledge prompted me to become an educator so that I can ensure that every child has access to a safe, fair, and equitable education.
TG: What are your hobbies?
MW: I am a musician—I play two instruments; Euphonium-Baritone and Trombone. I love to dance and attend music festivals. My favorite hobby is finding new restaurants and trying new foods!
TG: What is something that not many people know about you?
MW: I worked in the United States Capitol and have been in the White House 3 times.
TG: Do you speak any other languages? If so, which?
MW: Yes. I speak formal English and African-American Vernacular English "AAVE.”
TG: What is your favorite movie and book?
MW: My favorite movie is "The GRINCH," and my favorite book is "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
TG: What is your favorite genre of music?
TG: How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
MW: A fierce overcomer.
Compiled By Tziyona Gheblikian (12th grade)