Last week, I had the privilege of interviewing one of our new faculty members, Mr. David Fahey, who currently teaches AP Biology at Collegiate. Mr. Fahey previously worked at Lafayette High School in Williamsburg for 19 years, serving as department head and teaching all levels of biology. He also participated on various committees, including the faculty council of the National Honor Society. Before becoming a teacher, Mr. Fahey worked as a researcher and educator at the National Marine Fisheries Service in Woods Hole, MA, as well as a laboratory technician for the EcoScience Corporation in Amherst.
Mr. Fahey’s favorite part about teaching is being able to “share [his] excitement for [his] subject with new kids” each year, no matter where he goes. When I started asking him about his thoughts on Collegiate, he said that he was surprised at how polite and outgoing our community is, referring to both the students and faculty. The only negative comment Mr. Fahey had to give was about the strange time differences between classes, or having a 55 minute period one day, and an 80 minute one the next. I think we can all agree that this change is definitely new and different, and requires time to become used to. After asking a series of general questions, as shown above, I asked our new addition to Collegiate some shorter queries.
Do you have any pet peeves that your students should know about?
“Text language in writing…using things like ‘Lol’ in a lab report.”
What is your spirit animal?
“A pangolin (and if you don’t know what that is I strongly urge everyone to look it up).” [Learn about this endangered animal HERE.]
Are you a fan of Russell Wilson?
“Should I know who that is?”
Yes. [I then filled in our new teacher.]
“Then yes,” to which he added, “I look forward to learning about other illustrious Collegiate grads as well.”
Have you changed any light bulbs recently?
If you could describe your life in one word, what would it be?
What do you most look forward to about Collegiate, or the year in general?
“Getting to know the community better.”
And with that, I certainly hope Collegiate will welcome Mr. Fahey in the way he has experienced thus far, and show him that we are indeed an incredible community.