By Jack Macias ’14
Ms. Mason’s question from the Oct. 2011 ‘Teacher’s Pet’: If you could go anywhere in the world for 15 minutes, where would you go, when and why?
I would probably go to Luke’s of Chicago; it’s at 6th Street and Indian School. I would go there to eat a wet roast beef sandwich, it’s an amazing thing if you have not yet partaken in one, you should very soon.
How can students get an A in one of your classes?
Number one, turn in the work. The biggest mistakes students make is that they just don’t turn in work.
I do not give any extensions whatsoever, classwork or anything, just turn it in.
Number two, don’t wait to the last minute to study, you’re not going to be able to retain or study it; so study early and often.
I try to give the students all the questions ahead of time, so there will be no curve balls thrown at them, it’s fairly easy.
What was your aspiration when you were a kid?
When I was young, and in many respects still today, I had always wanted to become a commercial airline pilot, military transport pilot or something like that. So wherever you get to fly a large Boeing jet, not by wire controls, that’s always been my born aspiration.
Do you enjoy teaching freshman?
Yes, definitely, two of my favorite classes here were Honors Biology from 2009-2010 and summer school Biology in 2011. They were a great group of students who were ready to have their minds shaped, it’s kind of strange that they chose me as the one to do it, but they were a good group of kids.
What is the best food your girlfriend makes?
My girlfriend is an amazing cook, anything and everything she makes, which is usually Chinese food, being as though she is Chinese.
Have you ever considered running for president?
Nope, you have to put in crazy hours and you don’t get paid overtime. Wait a second, that sounds a lot like the job I currently have.
When you came to Brophy where did you think you would be in 10 years?
Probably still at Brophy and hopefully still at Brophy teaching science.
That’s what I do and I like it. I came to Brophy because it is a great place, and I’m glad I’m here four years later.
Pose a question for the next teacher?
If you were to have dropped out of high school, or not have completed high school, what do you think you would be doing today, and why?