This year, Balboa has three new teachers. I had a chance to interview the new third grade teacher, Mr. Palmieri, who is very kind and warm. Here’s what I learned:
Tallinn: What made you want to become a teacher?
Mr. Palmieri: I’ve always liked working with children. I used to work at a sports store and I would help kids find roller blades, soccer cleats, and many other items. I just really had a connection to children so that was one of the major reasons I became a teacher. I eventually got a teaching credential and became a teacher.
Tallinn: That’s great! So, where did you work before coming to Balboa?
Mr. Palmieri: I worked at a school called Ranchito Elementary. I was a third grade teacher for many years. I also taught second grade, fourth grade and fifth grade as well.
Tallinn: Got it. So what is your favorite thing about Balboa so far?
Mr. Palmieri: I enjoy the children, the learning we do in the classroom day in and day out. The motivation I see on every child’s face in my classroom, and also for children outside of the classroom, showing their dedication and motivation to learning each day.
Tallinn: Do you have a favorite subject to teach?
Mr. Palmieri: I love mathematics. Mathematics is such a great subject. I love teaching addition and subtraction, especially with regrouping. I love doing problem solving, helping students construct models, and what we call visual representations. I love using algorithms, finding different solutions and ways to solve problems. So it’s fun for myself and my class to dig into math.
Tallinn: How long have you been teaching?
Mr. Palmieri: Great question. I’ve been teaching for thirteen years, and this year at Balboa is my fourteenth.
Tallinn: Has teaching changed since you started?
Mr. Palmieri: It has changed a lot. The expectations, the technology, and really also what we do every day.
Tallinn: Do you like using iPads in class?
Mr. Palmieri: I love using technology in the classroom. While it also makes it easier it offers challenges that are presented in many ways.
Tallinn: Are you married?
Mr. Palmieri: I am married! Thank you for asking!
Tallinn: How did you two meet?
Mr. Palmieri: Well, it’s a long story, but I’ll break it down. I basically met my wife student teaching. We both worked at Ranchito Elementary and we hung out, were friendly, and we eventually got married.
Tallinn: Also, do you have kids?
Mr. Palmieri: Yes I do! One is a son named Connor who is in fifth grade, and a daughter named Kaitlyn who is in preschool.
Tallinn: What do you enjoy doing when you’re not teaching?
Mr. Palmieri: I enjoy being in nature, being with my family, and also king of being in that calm, quiet space.
Tallinn: Do you enjoy spirit days?
Mr. Palmieri: I do I think it’s important to show that school spirit. No matter what it is.
Tallinn: What’s your favorite app?
Mr. Palmieri: I have a meditation app on my iPad at home. It has nice music that I listen to and I really enjoy that quiet space.
Tallinn: Well, thank you for taking the time to let me interview!
Be sure to stop by room 6 to welcome Mr. Palmieri to Balboa.