The next Tony Stark

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These days I have an interest in human/robotic combinations, genetics, arthropods, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.

I’m thinking about building an industrial company someday. In the early days…I mean, there are just so many stages of my career that I’m thinking about. I’m thinking about oceanography. I’m thinking about being an arthropod biologist. I’m also thinking about industrial technology, cybernetics, and, well, generally just things that would help people. I’m just thinking about so many things! I mean cybernetics would be a next gen thing for humankind. Have you ever heard of the Six Million Dollar Man? My grandmother told me about that. I’m thinking about trying to do things like that. I’m thinking about how to be a good robotics industrialist. Let’s just say I want to be the next Tony Stark in many different ways.

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I’ve always wanted to be a teacher

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I have always wanted to be a teacher, as long as I can remember. I even went through all my elementary school papers and found a paper I wrote about how I wanted to be a teacher. It was probably third or fourth grade. I love kids. I love being around kids. I love doing activities with them. And I’ve always wanted to make a difference. I think teaching is the best way to do it because they are the future.

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Reading chapter books

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I like reading chapter books. I like when it has words on one page and then on the other page it has pictures. Then you have two pages that have words, and it goes in a pattern. When I first get a book, I don’t just grab another book because I like that book and just keep reading it and reading it. When I get a chapter book from the library, I like to take it home and read on the bus. And sometimes, if I’m angry at home, I like to read a little bit. When I calm down, I just go back downstairs.

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I’m very proud I am Hungarian

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I’m very proud I am Hungarian. It’s a really small country and I feel honored to be here. You don’t hear often of people saying, “I’m from Hungary.” You just don’t.

In school here they aren’t like grade, grade, grade — it’s more like getting to know the things. In social studies we’re getting to know the land. In language arts it isn’t about the grade, it’s about getting to love reading. Here, you have more fun but you still learn the same amount.

I don’t say this often but I am so proud that I can achieve the most that I want in a different country. I want to coach wrestling. I started wrestling two years ago in Hungary. It isn’t hard for me, but what is hard is not knowing how to be better when I want to be better. When my parents told me we had to move here, I was happy that my dad didn’t have to come here alone. We could support him. But I was sad because my other family is in Hungary and so are my friends. I know when I go to practice I will just forget about it and I will just concentrate on my wrestling. It’s such a good feeling when you’ve found what you love, love, love. That, or I want to work in the military like my dad. If those two things don’t work out, then I want to be a police officer, fighting crime, maybe putting my wrestling moves to use.

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Students are strength of the school

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I worked for the Department of Labor for a program that is known as the Job Corps program. I was in management there. My last position was in Pennsylvania, and the weather was so bad that year I thought, “It’s time to go.” So my brother lived here and said, “Come to Virginia Beach. Winters are nice.”

I started working here at Woodstock in August 2002 and actually came in with the new building in November of 2002. It is a very special place. It’s really easy to share with people when you believe in what you do and you believe in the staff. Greeting the students, greeting the parents and, over the course of the years, just seeing how they get to fifth grade and then sixth grade. We have a large group of students who come back to Woodstock to volunteer over the summer and I really encourage that because it makes us who were are. It’s the strength of the school – the students. I’ve enjoyed working with the little ones and the staff here at Woodstock. What I really enjoy is the students and just how over time they’ve matured, how they’ve grown and graduated and come back. That’s what’s really special to my heart because those are the kinds of relationships and friendships that last for a lifetime. I enjoy that a lot. Once a woodchuck, always a woodchuck.

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Playing soccer and reading

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When I’m not at school I like to read. It passes the time very easily. And if I’m not playing soccer, I get very bored. If I can’t play soccer, I just read. I like to read Harry Potter and Percy Jackson.

I learned to play soccer in Africa. I was born in Africa. I was adopted and came here probably when I was six. I’ve been at Christopher Farms four years. I have two brothers who came with me. In Africa, soccer balls are just mushed up socks tied together. Soccer is fun and you run a lot, and a lot of kids work as a team.

What makes a team successful?

That they like each other and trust each other.

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Be the best person I can be

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I am the SCA President this year. I always try to be a role model even if I didn’t get something. I always try to be the best person I can be. I try to help others a lot and be someone they can trust. My brothers were SCA president here, too, so I kind of followed in their footsteps. In our family, we try to help each other. Like if I don’t understand something in school, Tyler, my brother, he always tries to help me so I can figure it out.

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I just love Kingston

 

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I like going on adventures. I’m that person who just likes being outdoors. I like nature. Sometimes when I’m in the car, I either read a book or I stare out the window and look at the trees. My sister says, “Come on, let’s play.” And I say, “I’m looking at trees right now.” And she says, “That’s boring.” I say, “No it’s not.”

I like going to school. I don’t think its torture. I think it is fun. You learn new stuff and your mind just like explodes to things that you don’t know about. When I’m not at school I like playing badminton. I like grocery shopping. I think shopping for clothes, well, I’m not a big fan of it. It gets boring to me. I like playing video games also, mostly on my iPad. I like exploring new things. I like researching about stuff and exploring new games and also chatting with my friends.

Also, I love reading books. I just think they are so interesting. But sometimes, when I just read the summary, I think it’s great, but when I start reading it, it doesn’t turn out that good. I like books with mystery because it just gives you a hitch.

I just love Kingston. It’s like the best school I’ve been too so far! I’ve been to two other schools. Then I moved to India because that’s where my grandparents were. Then after a year, I moved back to Virginia Beach and to Kingston. My other schools weren’t Digital Anchor Schools, so it’s really cool that you get your own laptop and everything. My sister is in kindergarten here, and every day she’s just like, “I’m so excited to go to Kingston!” She makes new friends every day, and I guess she just loves it here!

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I want to become a biological engineer

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I took AP Biology last year and I loved it. I like working with animals and dissecting them. I just like dissecting stuff. I know it’s weird. I also like working with plants to see how they grow and prosper throughout the environment. I want to become a biological engineer and work at NASA. I want to work on a shuttle that can go into space. My uncle, one of his shuttles was the first one to work and he made a lot of money. He works for NASA.

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Reading gives you adventures

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We have a book club at school. Sometimes we share the books or write summaries. And also, sometimes, we may try to write our very own stories.

What would you write about?

Hmmm, maybe I would write a fiction one, like about a kid who goes an adventure or something. But you could write about anything.

I love reading! I get to use my imagination. Once I got so deep into a book, it was like I was in the book! It feels like nothing else. It feels like you’re inside the book. Reading gives you a lot of adventures and can help you learn, like with non-fiction.

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My kids motivate me

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What motivates me is to make a difference in somebody’s life. I started going back to church and I am a deacon now. I was a junior deacon at age 12 and it’s been some 40 some years. It used to be my kids that motivated me, but all of them are grown. They still motivate me to go to work so I can show them that you still have to work, and all of the values of having a good household, a good home and taking care of yourself are worth it.

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Driven by my family

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Basically, I am entirely driven by my family. I have two young sons – a two year old and a nine month old between my wife and me. She is also a teacher, and our children drive us to do what we do. I think I’ve become a better teacher since having kids because I try to put every student first because they are somebody else’s world. I think, “How would I want my kids to be treated by the leaders and teachers who are supposed to model things for them?” So my goal is to get my students to be the students that I want my kids to be. At the same time, it drives me to be a better parent because I hope that my kids are like my students. It’s a whole circle-of-life, Lion King kind of thing.

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My goal is to make an impact

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I didn’t want to be a teacher at first, even though I do love being around kids. I wanted to be a pediatrician. Then I saw how much schooling it was. I thought, “That’s a lot of school.” Then I switched over to athletic training because that still deals with medicine and I could still work with kids. But then, in my first Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow class, we were just talking, and that’s when I knew that teaching kids is the job I really want to do. I want to work with kindergarteners.

My main goal is to make an impact. That’s always been my goal with any job, to make an impact in people’s lives. And kids are the next generation of adults, so I think what better way to make an impact than on kids when they are young.

I never, ever, ever thought I’d want to be a teacher. I would always think about the money. I would think why would you? But it’s not about the money. It’s a really important job. I think it’s really  ̶  I guess “amazing” would be the word  ̶  that you’re teaching someone how to be a person. That’s the main reason why I want to be in kindergarten; you’re molding them.

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Dyslexia Awareness Month

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Dyslexia is very difficult to cope with. Some people think it’s just mixing up your b’s and d’s and m’s and w’s, but it’s not that. I don’t suffer from that. It’s a language processing disorder. It’s very common. Twenty percent of our school population has it, so someone you know has it. And currently kids with dyslexia don’t get the help they need, and that’s what I really want to get across, so that those kids don’t drop out of school and don’t fall behind. I have gone through the Wilson Reading System program outside of school. I graduated from it last year so I’ve overcome my dyslexia, but I still have little challenges, like left and right. I would love to be a tutor for the Wilson Reading System, but I also really want to be an orthodontist. That’s really my passion. I love science. I’m taking earth science right now and it’s so fun. I enjoy it a lot. I love braces. I mean, I don’t love them. But I would love to pursue that as a career and then maybe [tutor] on the side.

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Helping students find their strengths

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My whole career has been at Luxford. I even did my student teaching here and I got my job in 1975. I accepted it before I graduated from Norfolk State. It’s a wonderful job when you have the opportunity to help students grow and make the most of their life. You also help them to find their strengths and try to help them improve on areas of challenge.

Every year it brings something new. I think that’s what I enjoy the most. Just because I’ve been here so long, I don’t do the same thing over and over again. I look for ways to put a little more fire into the program.

I see [former students] in different places throughout the city. They now have their own families and they’re doing well. I was in Bed, Bath and Beyond a few weeks before school started. I was trying to figure out how I could get the most from my coupon. I saw this young lady and said, “Excuse me, Miss. Could you help me?” And she turned around and she looked at me. Then I was explaining about my coupon and what I wanted, and she just stood there and looked at me. Then she said, “Are you Ms. Hale?” I said, “Yes.” She said, “You were my PE teacher in elementary school!” She told me her name and I said, “Yes, and you have an older sister.” She said, “Oh, you remember! Remember how much fun we had with the parachute and those scooters?” And she kept going on and on and on. She said that with her nieces and nephews she has bought some of the same equipment and plays fun camps with her family and their kids at their family reunions. She said, “That was the best time of my life.”

That makes me feel good when you hear things like that and how it carries on, and they see how important health and physical education is. I tell the kids all the time. “This is the only body you’re going to have and you have to learn how to take care of it.” That’s why we start, even in kindergarten, talking about proper nutrition, getting enough sleep, getting enough exercise.

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Fun Science Experiments

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My favorite subjects in school are probably math and science. I like doing experiments because they’re really fun. We’ve done three of them already. We’ve done one with a dropper and we had to figure out how many drops we could get on a penny before it all spills off. I got 57, I think. Then we had an egg drop challenge where we had to get an egg in a glass without breaking the egg or the glass. And then we had to try to get a penny in a cup without dropping it in there. We had to use all the materials, too, to get the penny into the cup. We kind of made it like a piggy bank. We had a plastic knife, a penny, a cup and a piece of paper. So we cut a little slit in the paper and put it over the cup. Then the penny was beside it and we had a knife up there. So once all the materials were in place, we couldn’t move any of them. We could only move the knife and we got the penny in the cup.

I like working with our teachers. They inspire me.

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Naval architect

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I had a past interest in being a nuclear engineer, but then I started getting into architecture. For my sixth grade project we had to research people, and someone I just happened to come across was Frank Lloyd Wright who was a pretty innovative architect. So that got me into wanting to be an architect. I like designing buildings. But I also want to work for the Navy, so I was also thinking about a naval architect – designing ships and buildings, kind of like the Pentagon.

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