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Q&A: Meet Senior School English Teacher Geoffrey Hilsabeck

Q&A_ Meet Senior School English Teacher Geoffrey HilsabecSA: Why did you choose to work at Sewickley Academy?

GH: I was drawn to Sewickley's bright students, its beautiful campus, its sense of mission.

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

GH: I'm lucky to come from a family of teachers. My father and grandfather both taught American history in large public high schools. My dad recently retired after 45 years in the classroom. I knew from them, as well as from the other teachers in my life, that teaching is the greatest profession. It never gets old. It's full of challenges: a science and also an art.

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

GH: That there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in their philosophies. That the brain is wider than the sky.

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

GH: I stay current by talking to my wife, who is an English professor, to my friends, some of whom are writers, and to my books, the oldest of which remain current and relevant and alive.

SA: Favorite book as a child?

GH: As a kid I loved Roald Dahl; "Matilda" was probably my favorite of his books. Also "The Witches."

SA: Favorite book as an adult?

GH: I guess I haven't evolved much as a reader, since my favorite book as an adult is probably "Charlotte's Web."

SA: What are some of your interests/hobbies?

I am the parent of two small children: I have no time for hobbies.

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

I'm most looking forward to meeting my new students and colleagues.

 

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