Ms. Hollie Haycock adds California experience to language department
By Alex Stanley ’12
What should I call you: Ms. Haycock, Magistra, HDawg, Double H Trouble?
Any of those would work, but I prefer Magistra (Latin for “teacher”).
Question from previous “Teacher’s Pet”: If you could trade places with a Brophy teacher or administrator for a day (laugh, laugh) who would it be, and why? Complete sentences only.
I would trade places with an art teacher, because I wish I could draw.
To clear up some rumors, are you in a motorcycle gang?
No, but I can ride a motorcycle.
Do you have your motorcycle license?
I don’t, but I do ride them anyway; that is off the record.
Where were you born?
I got into Latin because of the mythology. From there, I began reading Roman literature, and I liked it so much I wanted to read them in the original language.
What is your favorite Latin word?
Nihilominus. It means nevertheless, I like it because it is really fun to say.
If you could be a Roman for a day, what would you do?
I would go to the baths and definitely go to a big Roman banquet. I would like to say that I wouldn’t go to a gladiator game, but I probably would.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
I’m rarely embarrassed, and it might be more mysterious to say “better left unsaid,” but I have a stupid one. My freshman year of college, I got a grade that I thought I didn’t deserve. I made an appointment with my teacher, who was the dean of the school as well, to argue for an A. I forgot about the meeting and slept through it. The next day it was snowy, and he was walking down a path toward me. I tried to avoid him, but I slipped and fell right at his feet and he had to pick me up.
What do you do when you’re not at school?
I spend time with my three-year-old son, I read, I hike and I watch sports.
Did you ever think about having any other jobs?
I thought about something that has to do with reading, like copy editing. But I am happy being a teacher.
What is your favorite type of music?
I used to be into alternative, but since I had my son I am really out of it when it comes to music. I mainly like folk music, and modern music with talent.
What is the first word that comes to your head?
Popcorn, for some reason
What is your favorite color?
It sounds horrible, but I think it is black.
What is your favorite movie?
“All About My Mother,” which is directed by Pedro Almodóvar.
Who is your favorite Roman emperor?
Well, there are good emperors and amusing ones, and I tend to like the amusing ones. Commodus is an amusing emperor, and I really respect Marcus Aurelius.
How would you say teacher’s pet in Latin?
(Looks up on online dictionary) Deliciae Magistrae
How can students earn an A in one of your classes?
Memorize and study.
Anything “under the table?”
That is going to have to be “off the record.”
Pose a question for the next teacher featured in “Teacher’s Pet.”
If you could live anywhere in the world that you wanted to, where would it be?