Teacher Tuesday Spotlight: Sonja Mack.
This evening’s interview was conducted by the US Digital Media Team (Mason Crowder, Brody Williams, Alex Kreger, JT Eberhart).
HA US DM: Why did you get into teaching?
Sonja Mack: Well, I have BA in Classical Languages. After I graduated from college and didn’t know what I wanted to do, I ended up waitressing for a few months and understanding I needed a better plan! I thought about what I liked and realized I liked tutoring other students while I was in college. Which led me to get my Masters in Teaching Latin! I like students and I like the subjects I teach. I enjoy when I can get the students to understand or appreciate (or best – both understand and appreciate) what I am trying to teach them!!
HA US DM: What was the most inspirational thing you’ve heard while teaching?
Sonja Mack: I love when the students “get it” especially if it is something they have been struggling with. So when a student tells me he or she understands the thing we are working on that inspires me.
HA US DM: In what ways has HA changed over the years?
Sonja Mack: I came to HA in 1996 so it has been a while now. Some things don’t change – we have some of the best and most hardworking students in the area. Other things have changed – the administration, the teachers, dress code to uniforms! And then there is all the technology! We have a Middle school division not just Lower school, Upper school and Pre-school! So there has been a lot of change, but the essence of what I do – teach – is the same! I just need to keep learning different ways of doing it!
Thank you, Mrs. Mack, for all you do for our HA community!