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Meet Senior School History and Social Science Teacher Rodney Slappy

Meet Senior School History and Social Science Teacher Rodney SlappySA: Why did you choose to work at Sewickley Academy?

RS: Sewickley Academy is a notable educational institution with a good reputation. Working here allows me the opportunity to contribute to their Mission to inspire and educate students to help them reach their full potential. I like that the school's Core Values: Character, Educational Rigor, Diversity, and Community. I look forward to working with all of the people here at Sewickley Academy and doing my part to continue making this school a great place for students to connect and learn.

SA: What motivated you to become a teacher or to work in education?

RS: As an undergraduate student in college I had the opportunity to work as a classroom tutor at an elementary school in Washington, D.C. Working with the students there was an extremely rewarding experience, and I enjoyed having the chance to have a positive influence on the lives of young people. That experience along with my enthusiasm for history is what inspired me to become a social studies teacher.

SA: What do you enjoy most about teaching or working in education?

RS: Having the opportunity to watch students develop academically, and reach their educational and extracurricular goals makes working in education fun and rewarding.

SA: What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class(es)?

RS: Through studying history and learning about other peoples’ cultures and contributions to the world, I hope that my students will learn to always treat people with respect and kindness regardless of their race or ethnicity.

SA: How do you keep current with the subject areas you cover?

RS: I like to read news articles and books, watch documentaries, and attend professional development seminars whenever possible.

SA: Favorite book as a child?

RS: The Berenstain Bears Collection

SA: Favorite book as an adult?

The "Bible"

SA: What are some of your interests/hobbies?

RS: I have been coaching various sports over the last ten years. I coached varsity football and basketball, before transitioning over to youth sports so that I can coach my sons’ basketball, soccer, baseball, and football teams. Whenever I get some free time, I enjoy playing pickup basketball and watching movies.

SA: What are you most looking forward to this school year?

RS: I am looking forward to meeting the students, collaborating with colleagues, and having a very successful first year.

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