The Social Studies Department Expands

By Erin Rodriguez, Staff Writer

5news                                                                                                                           Mr. Hartman is a new History and Psy-                                                                                                                                     chology teacher at Falls Church High School.                                                                                                                                  He agreed to answer a few questions discussing                                                                                                                          his career, personal interests, and his opinion on                                                                                                                    Falls Church High School. Mr. Hartman briefly                                                                                                                               describes his recent experience with students and                                                                                                                     staff at Falls Church as a friendly environment.                                                                                                                 Although he seems to already have been adjusting to                                                                                                                     the new community, we will continue to make new staff                                                                                                          feel welcomed here at Falls Church.                                                                                                                                              The Jaguar family is looking forward to having our new teacher,                                                                                           Mr. Hartman, as part of our staff.

What inspired you to be a teacher?
I was inspired to teach from many great teachers that                                                                                                                   I encountered during my educational journey.                                                                                                                       These teachers made learning engaging, they brought a                                                                                                    human element to the profession which encouraged and inspired me.                                                                       Teaching swimming lessons through high school further allowed                                                                                           xme to see how passionate I was towards education.

What is the most rewarding part of being a teacher?
The most rewarding part of teaching is seeing students grow.                                                                                             From when I first meet them, throughout the year, and beyond as they go through life.

How long have you been teaching?                                                                                                                                                     Six years as a full-time teacher and three years as a substitute teacher.

How do you like Falls Church so far?
My reaction to Falls Church High School is the staff,                                                                                                      students, parents, and the rest of the community have been                                                                                          incredibly welcoming and supportive.

What university did you attend?
  I attended The State University of New York,                                                                                                                           The University of the Sunshine Coast, and SUNY Plattsburgh University.

What interests do you pursue outside of the classroom?
       When not in school, I am an avid hiker and outdoor                                                                                                enthusiast who also enjoys, biking, camping, swimming,                                                                                                   skiing, kayaking, and rock climbing. I also enjoy cooking                                                                                                        and spending time with great people.

What are you most excited about for the upcoming year?
The most exciting prospects for this coming year include                                                                                                   interesting courses to teach, being supported by such a fantastic community,                                                                    and getting to know the students. I have already seen some truly amazing                                                                           potential and wonderful personalities. So far, this is shaping up to be my                                                                           best year in education yet!