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Ms. Ortega

Do you have a hidden talent?

“I tell my students [that] because I am a mom, I have a sixth sense. Even though I have my back turned, once I get to know my students, I can tell who is doing what without necessarily looking at them.”

What is the best/worst thing about being a teacher?

“The worst thing is grades, hands down. The great thing [about being a teacher] is the students, especially when I hear that they grow passionate about the language we [learn] in class and the experiences that come out from it.”

If you could take your students on a field trip anywhere in the world, where would you take them?

“Any Spanish speaking country. I have not been to Spain or Peru, so [I would like to take them to] Spain for history or Peru [for] one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu.”

If you were a color of a crayon box what color would you be and why?

“I would have said red [because it] is my favorite color, but it is slowly turning into gray. I love how gray has the ability to make other colors stand out. [In addition], you can mix and match gray with anything.”

What do you believe is the key to success?

“Your mind. If you set your mind into doing something regardless of what barriers will come in your way and tell your mind [that you] are going to do it,  then you will get there. It might be hard, [but] it is all in your mind.”


Mr. Hustler

What do you like most about Wilson and your students?

“I like [that] my students are motivated. Wilson students are friendly, and I do not hear a lot of profanities. I feel right at home.”

What is something you are looking forward to this school year?

“Wilson is a new school [for me], so I am looking [forward] to the adventure of teaching at a new school.”

What is your least favorite food?

“I think my least favorite food is rice pudding. I just do not like the feeling of the rice and its texture in my mouth.”

Why did you choose to teach history?

“I have always had an interest in history. My great grandfather was in the Civil War, and my great great grandfather was in the Revolutionary War. My mother traced her ancestors all the way back to Salem, Massachusetts.”

If you could take your students on a field trip anywhere in the world, where would you take them and why?

“I would take them to Washington DC and give them a tour of the Capital. I am a government teacher, so I would like [my students] to see how the government works.”

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Mr. Ortiz

What is your favorite part about your subject?

“My favorite part about PE is the fact that it helps kids stay active and teaches them about being physically fit and healthy.”

What is your least favorite food?

“Tomatoes. I have never liked them.”

Horror or Comedy?

“Comedy, because I have always like to laugh.”

What do you like about Wilson the most?

“It is so far from what I have seen. It is a tight knit family and community. Everyone seems to be generally nice.”

What’s the best/worst thing about being a teacher?

“The best thing is hopefully making positive impacts on students’ lives. Being around high schoolers and coaching teenagers over the last couple of years [makes] positive impacts and and lifelong relationships. The worst thing is having to get up early.”


Ms. Nguyen

What is your favorite thing about Wilson?

“I love the kids here. I think the kids here respect others, work hard and just love to be here, so it is great to be able to work with them everyday.”

How do you remember all of your students’ names?

“From seating charts and passing back papers, I will remember the students’ names.”

Why did you choose to teach math?

“Math has always been easy to teach and my passion. This is my fifteenth year teaching. ”

How would you advise your students to reach their goals?

“The first thing is figuring out their passion. Then, they can pursue it. If there are any barriers, they can get help, [because nowadays] there are a lot of ways to get help.”

Are you easily amused?

“Not really. I am more on the serious side, so I am not amused easily.”

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Mr. Chang

What do you like about Wilson?

“I enjoy the culture and environment at Wilson. There are a lot of useful resources, and all the teachers help each other out. ”

Who inspired you to become a teacher?

“My mom, because she is a role model to me, and she wanted me to be a teacher.”

What are your expectations for your students?

“Everybody should learn and put in their full efforts. There should not be any excuses that you can not learn.”

Something on your bucket list?

“I want to travel around the world, possibly Europe as my first stop.”

What are some of your hobbies?

“I like hiking and swimming.”


Mrs. Bushyeager

What inspired you to become a teacher?

“I originally worked at a security software company, and I really wanted to go back to education to teach students about computers.”

What do you look forward this school year?

“I look forward to getting know my students more and finding more ways to teach my students to my best abilities.”

What are some of your hobbies?

“I like to create crafts and listen to music. Currently, I like listening to alternative/indie rock.”

What is your favorite holiday?

“I like Thanksgiving, because I look forward to the food, especially the side dishes like ham, green beans and pie.”

If you are stranded on an island, what are your survival tactics?

“First thing I would do is to find water. Then, I would build shelter and make sure I can survive for the longest time until someone comes.”


Mrs. Wann

Why do you think it is important for students to learn a foreign language?

“[Knowing a foreign language] prepares you for [jobs]. When you go to the workforce, you have one skill that most people do not have. Nowadays, everything is global; [being fluent] in one language is not enough to [excel in the future].”

What is the best part about being a teacher?

“[As a teacher, I] can set a good role model for my students to learn. [I love] helping my students get on the right track by [sharing] my experiences, [so they do not need] to learn everything [by themselves].”

Is there any advice you would give to your students?

“They need to find their own motivation to study. This will [encourage] them to [learn] not because they want to get a good grade, but because they [seek to] reach their goal, such as [attending] college or enriching themselves.”

What is your favorite vacation spot?

“Last summer, I went to Malaysia. I think it is a place I would go back again because it has a variety of delicious food. For example, they have a special fruit called the mangosteen, which tastes and smells really sweet. [When you eat it], you have the feeling that you are in love with someone. “

East coast or west coast?

“West coast is my [home], because the weather is nice and the [communities] are diverse. When I come back from other countries, I am always glad that I am back in California.”


Ms. Weiss

Have you always wanted to become a teacher?

“I wanted to be a teacher ever since I was in kindergarten and was allowed to write on the chalkboard. [In fact], my oldest cousin and I played school [as kids].”

What have you always loved about math?

“It is predictable, and there are more than one way to get to the same answer. It makes me sad when [students] say they hate math or are bad at it, so I would like to help kids see that [math] is not so [terrifying].”

If you can go back in time, what would you tell your high-school self?

“Everything is going to be okay. I stressed out so much, [whether it was] about homework, boys or parents. In the end, everything works out.”

What would you tell your freshmen students, knowing that they are just entering high school?

“Definitely use your resources. Reach out if you need help, and go to the right people for the help. [For example], if you need a band-aid, do not ask the custodian.”

Best math pun?

“There is a fine line between the numerator and the denominator.”

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Mr. Tabatabai

What is the best part about being a teacher?

“I think the connection that I make with students is [rewarding]. [In particular], I enjoy seeing kids grow up and achieve more in their lives than they ever thought they could, whether it is graduating or going to college.”

What lesson would you like to impart to your students?

“Sometimes students do not realize that life is long. You may be [discouraged] at times, but life is not black and white. It is not death if something goes [wrong]. You [have to] see the big picture and take small steps to [reach] where you want to be.”

How would you describe yourself in high school?

“In high school, I was a mellow and easygoing person. [Also], I was a basketball player, so I was [somewhat] popular.”

What is your fondest memory from high school?

“On one of our last [basketball] games during my junior year, [our team] won league. I [still] have a picture of me throwing at the free throw line when there was two seconds left.”

What Netflix show are you currently watching?

“Right now, I am rewatching Breaking Bad with my wife, because she did not watch it. I like how complex Walter is and how he becomes more evil [as the show progresses].”

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Mr. Suh

What makes history interesting for you?

“With history, you can look at issues from a global perspective. When we have conversations, we can take it to the next level. [For example], looking at viewpoints from different ethnicities can help us relate with the world.”

What do you hope to achieve as a teacher?

“I hope that the students can believe in themselves. If you put in your best effort in all your tasks, the sky is the limit.”

How would you describe your high-school self?

“In freshman year, I was more reserved to myself, but as time progressed, I got involved in extracurricular activities and leadership. [These experiences] definitely helped me build more relationships with my peers as we [encouraged each other] to excel.”

If you are not a teacher, what career would you pursue?

“I would pursue my career as a physician assistant, because I went to several medical missions in different Third World countries. There is such a high need for medical assistance, and I want to make an impact in those communities.”

If you can be anyone from history, who would you be?

“I would be Thomas Jefferson, because I love his tenacity and the way he would think outside the box. [In addition], he [undertook] various leadership roles when there was so much pressure on him to [decide what is best for our country], [yet] he made the right choices.”


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Ms. Garcia

How was your first day at Wilson?

“My first day was very welcoming. I was very excited to see all my new students and start a new chapter in my life teaching here at Wilson.”

How many schools have you taught at before coming to Wilson?

“I taught third and fourth grade Special Ed classes at a school in Anaheim in 2013.”

Which country would you like to travel to the most? Why?

“I see many beautiful pictures from Iceland, such as the Blue Lagoon. So, I want to travel there.”

In three words, how can you describe your own high school experience?

“It was fun, challenging and great.”

If you were a traffic light, which one would you like to be, and why

“I would be green because…you just gotta go for it!”


Mr. Hinojosa

How many schools have you taught at before?

“I came from LA Unified, and I used to work in East L.A. That includes Roosevelt High School, Beverly Middle School and Hollenbeck Middle School.”

What country would you like to travel to the most?

“Mexico City, Mexico because I love the city, and my wife’s family is there. We often go there just to experience the food and culture.”

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

“I love food, so I always wanted to be a chef. That is still a dream [I have] now; it is not something that left [since childhood].”

What is the most rewarding thing about teaching?

“The most rewarding thing is seeing the students learn. Since I teach Spanish, [it is fulfilling] when they start speaking Spanish on their own.”

If you could time travel to any year, which year would you choose, and why?

“I would choose the 60’s because I’ve always been a fan of American history. In the 60’s, people were fashionable and wore nice suits. There were a lot of political events going on, such as the Civil Rights movement. It was a good era to live in because change was on the way.”



Ms. Herrera

How was your first day at Wilson?

“It was definitely a great experience. Everyone was welcoming, and my students were very energized. The rally was very exciting and fun because of the energy. I am looking forward to the rest of the school year.”

What do you like about Wilson?

“I love the high school environment and the hopeful, eager teenagers at this school.”

Where would you like to travel to the most? Why?

“I would like to go to Kenya, because of the wildlife. I think the environment would be very different there.”

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

“I actually wanted to be a flight attendant.”

What do you enjoy doing during your free time?

“In my free time, I try to spend as much time as possible with my family. I like to go shopping or go out to eat.”


Mr. Gilbert

What do you like about Wilson?

“I love the dedication that my students have toward music and academics. I love the location of the school; it is very pretty. I like the school administration and their effort to take care of the performing arts.”

What was your favorite subject when you were in high school?

“Definitely music, but I was also involved with drama. I like everything in the performing arts.”

What was the highlight of your summer?

“The highlight of my summer would probably be getting this job!”

What do you enjoy doing the most during your free time?

“I like to play video games  and watch a lot of Youtube videos.”

In three words how would you describe your high school experience?

“I would say fulfilling, eye-opening and indispensable.”

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