An Interview With Mrs. McCabe

By Rebecca Camosa
STAFF WRITER

Terri McCabe has been working at Smithtown Christian for 5 years. She has worked in the nurse’s office, as a substitute, and now teaches the Home Economics class. Two of her four children are currently attending SCS, and one has already graduated.

Q: Where did you go to college?
A: I graduated from St. Johns and pursued my Masters at Hunter College.

Q: When did you start sending your children to Smithtown Christian? Why?
A: In 2008; I believe in Christian education. The school they previously attended only went up to 8th grade. My oldest son graduated from there. Rather than having one attend SCS while the rest didn’t, they all switched.

Q: Why did you want to become a teacher?
A: Originally, I did not want to become a teacher. I got my Bachelors in finance, and I wanted to work on Wall Street. Someone spoke into my life and said they saw me as a teacher, rather than working in finances.

Q: What is your favorite part of teaching?
A: I just love being with you guys; hanging out with you guys. I like listening to you. I think you guys are a great group of kids.

Q: Why did you decide to start teaching Home Economics?
A: I was originally going to teach the novels class, but administration felt that based on my experience as a mom and finance degree, I would be better suited teaching Home Economics.

Q: How has that experience been so far?
A: Amazing. Just to see the students have fun doing hands-on projects and be excited to do new things whether it be using tools, painting, or cooking.

Q: What are some of your favorite projects so far?
A: I think my favorite project was constructing the coffee table. You had to think about how to properly connect the crates and place the nails so they didn’t stick out. I also enjoyed the luncheon. I saw you guys be very thankful for your parent. You all worked together.

An Interview With Kristina Reuter

By Ashley Burke
STAFF WRITER

Smithtown Christian School is filled with inspiring and passionate students. There is one student whose enthusiasm and compassion for God, her school, and her students stands out. Kristina Reuter is an 11th Grade student who is a member of Undignified and the girls varsity soccer team. She is also involved in the Spanish, English, Arista, National, and Art honor societies. She truly cares about her peers and the entire student body.

Q: How long have you been a student at Smithtown Christian School? Do you enjoy attending SCS?

A: I have been a student at SCS for 14 years. I started at preschool and have been coming ever since. I have always had the option to go to public school, but over the years it has not ever crossed my mind. I have met lifelong friends at this school and it has benefited my education as well as my spiritual life. I can honestly say I would not be the person I am today without the amazing influence of the teachers and faculty of this school. I have even made lifelong friends with teachers here that I might not have at a different school.

Q: What would you like to see change at Smithtown Christian School?

A: Being in the school for so long I have seen tremendous growth not only spiritually, but physically with new classrooms, more electives, more activities and so much more. I think that there is always room for growth and as someone who is passionate about sports that is the number one thing I would change. It would be awesome if we could improve our sports complexes and offer more options for sports. I think that it would also be cool to have more opportunities for kids to get involved in missions, not just Undignified.

Q: What is it like being in Undignified?

A: Being in undignified is almost unexplainable. It has been such a life changing experience and has made me grow so much in my faith. The friendships that I made with people are amazing. Undignified is a bunch of people with different interests, different hobbies, different talents but we all have one goal and that is to witness to people through our dramas, song and dance. Sometimes, in practice it can seem very much like a sports game. You practice and practice for so long and sometimes forget the impact, and then once you get to the missions trip or even just the local outreaches we see God move and are blown away. I cannot even explain the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit falls it leaves you speechless. God is a God of healing and power. We have seen a simple drama or silly dance bring people to tears, and it is so touching to see how God is working in big ways through ordinary people like ourselves.

Q: What are you looking forward to see on your missions trip?

A: I am so excited for the missions trip. I absolutely love little kids and even if I just get to talk to one about my amazing God I will be totally satisfied. My favorite thing is to take pictures of the kids and the people there. It is amazing to be behind the lens and to capture their smiles and laughs. We often take for granted what we have and how blessed we are, and the people there are just so happy to have someone that cares for them. They are happy with simple things like kicking a ball around, playing duck duck goose, pushing them on the swings, and even showing them funny pictures of themselves. They have genuine happiness, and it is amazing to capture that. I cannot wait for what God has in store for the team this year.

Q: What is different about Undignified this year?

A: This year I have really experienced what it’s like to be “the older one.” Growing up I have always had girls older than me that I looked up to and always wanted to be around. I have noticed that the roles have been reversed and as I’m getting older, there are people who look up to me. Sometimes it can be scary because I have to always make sure that my actions are something that I would want younger girls to do when they are my age and make sure I’m setting a good example. It is cool to be able to give girls advice on things that I have gone through and to help them through the struggles they have.

An Interview with Junior Peter Hahm

By Jocelyn Chatman
STAFF WRITER

Peter Hahm is an international student at Smithtown Christian School in the 11th grade. Peter is from South Korea, but he wanted to move to the United States for a better education. He enjoys music, sports, and catching up with relatives and friends.

Q: What instrument do you play, what is your favorite genre of music, and what do you enjoy about the art of music?
A: I play the cello. I enjoy playing because the sounds from music are soothing and harmonic. My favorite musical genres are jazz and classical.

Q: What do you like most about living in America?
A: I like the American culture and the freedom. I love living in New York because of the city. Its such a beautiful place and everyone seems so free and unique there.

Q: What do you miss about living in Korea?
A: I miss my parents and I’m anxious to meet my newborn niece. I also miss my friends because I haven’t seen them in four years.

Q: How do you feel about being away from your family for four years?
A: When I first came to America I missed my parents a lot but being away from them made me more independent and mature. I eventually got used to living without them around.

Q: What goals do you hope to accomplish in your life?
A: I want to own my own engineering company, invent something useful for humanity, and help the less fortunate.

An Interview with Mr. Christopher White

By Caroline Painter
STAFF WRITER

Photo by Rebecca Canosa

Photo by Rebecca Canosa

Mr. Christopher White is a passionate individual who seeks nothing more than to glorify Jesus Christ in everything he does. He is a recognizable history teacher for his determination and his heart for God. His teaching style reflects his heart, which is to impact his students and to help them be the best they can be and to set them up for success in their lives. He has a servant’s heart and puts others before himself, like we are told to do as Christ’s followers.

Q: How long have you been at SCS? Do you like it, and why?
A: I have been here for five years, and I love it. I get to speak into the lives of my students without holding anything back and by giving them the knowledge to succeed in the world.

Q: Why did you want to be a teacher?
A: I have a passion for the youth, a passion for history and a passion to see the world change. I like change.

Q: Do you like your classes and students this year?
A: Yes, I have found it challenging but I continue to enjoy it.

Q: What has been the most challenging part about teaching?
A: I would have to say it is trying to spark the minds of those that are complacent in their own lives.

Q: What is different about this year compared to others?
A: This year I have developed a routine for school, I also have learned my boundaries and how to not stretch myself too thin.

Q: What is your greatest accomplishment in teaching?
A: Out of the five years of giving the New York State Regents, I have had zero failures.

Q: What activities besides teaching are you involved in at SCS?
A: I am now the head baseball coach, I am a middle school Chaplain and I am on Undignified.

Q: What are your strengths/ weaknesses?
A: My strengths are that I am passionate as well as compassionate and I am personable. My weaknesses are that I cannot say no and I act on impulse.

Q: What are your interests outside of school?
A: I enjoy politics, sports and public speaking to all sorts of groups and people.

Q: Where do you see yourself in ten years?
A: I hope to be traveling to different countries and speaking in churches or to government leaders. I also would like to see myself on the Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy.

Q: Can you describe yourself using five adjectives?
A: I am short; I believe I am loud, funny, sarcastic and selfless.

Q: How have you seen God working in you this past school year?
A: God has given me a vision into His heart to see students as He sees them and not how I see them. I can look through God’s lens to view His children as He does.

An Interview With Mrs. Danielle Carey

By Mary Maselli
MANAGING EDITOR

Photo by Rebecca Canosa

Photo by Jocelyn Chatman

Mrs. Danielle Carey is the Kindergarten teacher at SCS. She has both experienced SCS as a student as well as a teacher of seven years. Mrs. Carey is a very personable teacher, and she has strong relationships with all of her students.

Q: What grade do you teach?
A: Kindergarten

Q: What is the best part about teaching this grade?
A: I love teaching Kindergarten because, for most of them, it’s the first full day experience with school and I hope to give them a love for learning. I also really enjoy seeing how much they grow throughout the year. When they start to make connections and learn to read (like we are doing now) – that’s probably one of my favorite things about teaching the little ones!

Q: How long have you taught at SCS?
A: This is my 7th full year.

Q: Did you graduate from SCS?
A: Yes, I did. SCS is the only school I went to! K-12.

Q: Which did/do you enjoy more, attending or teaching at SCS?
A: I loved going to SCS… it truly helped shape me into the person I am today and I love teaching here too! There is no other school I would want to teach at!

Q: What made you want to be a teacher?
A: I always loved children and knew from when I was young that I wanted to be in the classroom. I also thought it was a wonderful career choice.

Q: Was there any one specific teacher that inspired you to pursue this career?
A: I can’t say one teacher specifically, but I had so many great teachers throughout the years who influenced my life and taught me so much, not only about how to be a great teacher, but a great person.

Q: You have taught a couple of different grades/subjects, what were they? Which was your favorite?
A: I taught 2nd grade for a few years and did a leave replacement in 3rd grade. I honestly loved each one for different reasons. When I first started teaching Kindergarten, I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it as much as the older grades, being that the children are so young, but it has become my favorite grade to teach.

Q: If you were to choose any other career, what would you want to do?
A: I would probably have to say a wedding/party planner. I LOVE all that type of stuff and really get into the details of theme parties and the planning stages.

Q: Who, in your life, inspires you the most?
A: I have so many positive people who speak into my life, including my parents and great friends, but I would have to say, at this point in my life, my children inspire me the most. They inspire me to do better, be better, and try my best to continually grow and learn new things. I hope that I can influence them to do the same as they grow up.

Q: Do you have any hobbies, or collections?
A: Hobbies…. In my spare time (few and far between) I love to read, organize things, and binge watch HGTV & 19 Kids and Counting! The only thing I collect is quotes. I have a book of all my favorites that I have kept since college.

Q: What do you do/enjoy doing in your free time?
A: On the side I make custom chalkboard signs in all shapes and sizes that I free-write. I make wedding signs, birthday boards, pregnancy announcements, family boards. It’s a lot of fun and I love seeing the different things people come up with for me to do for them!

An Interview With Kerry Li

By Angelica Oommen
STAFF WRITER

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Photo by Rebecca Canosa

Kerry Li, age 17, was interviewed on February 26, 2015 in the cafeteria of Smithtown Christian School, where he is a student in 11th grade. He is extremely funny and has a great sense of humor. Kerry is from Kumning, China where he lives with his parents.

Q: What do you like to do here in America?

A: I like to eat food, lie on the bed, watch television, play basketball, and talk to Mrs. Collins, who is my host mother. That’s all I can really do here.

Q: What are some of your favorite memories?

A: I remember, in 2012, I came to America and I went to Florida with all my friends. We went to Disney World. I also love the times when my family has big meals together with my dad. He works a lot so we only get to eat big family dinners together a few times.

Q: What do you want to do when you grow up?

A: At first, I wanted to be a racecar driver, but my mom said it was too dangerous and I realized I would have no money to buy a car. Now, I want to own a restaurant. It would be great if I were able to buy a restaurant here in America.

Q: Where in China do you live? What’s it like where you live?

A: I live in Kumning, China in the Province of Yunnan. It is the most beautiful place I have ever seen. There are flowers everywhere and the weather is always perfect. It never snows like here in New York. It’s not too hot or too cold. I also love the rice noodles.

Q: What are your parents like?

A: My mother is a housewife and she is very beautiful. She can be very scary when she is angry. My dad, to me, is very successful. He knows a lot of things and he is just…a great dad.

An Interview With Mr. Michael Troche

By Frank Fernandez
STAFF WRITER

Michael Troche is the 11th grade English as well the 7th grade Bible teacher. This is his first year teaching and has been through a lot to get to where he is today. Many people have difficulty deciding what they want in life and what they want to do with it and Mr. Troche is no different. Choosing between three different career options before deciding to become a teacher, he went through many decisions before settling into the one he has today.

Q: What were some of the career ideas you thought of having during middle and high school? 

A: Like any nerdy middle/high school student, I wanted to do something that I thought I might enjoy doing. Making video games seemed like a no-brainer. Unfortunately, actually making video games is a brainer, and a math-brainer to boot, which was not my strong point at the end of high school. I was always good at giving friends advice too, so I had dabbled with the idea of being a psychologist or therapist too, but that notion wasn’t as serious.

Q: Did any of the hobbies you had contribute to what you wanted to be?

A: I wouldn’t say that any hobbies contributed to what I wanted to be, although I did love to write, but I will say that certain quirks about my character kind of made teaching a good fit. There’s the fact that I’m just a ham and I love performing, there’s the fact that I secretly love when all attention is focused on me, and I love being able to showcase my broad knowledge base. I used to be terrible at public speaking, but eventually I forced myself to be kind of good at it.

Q: At what point did you decide to become a teacher?

A: I only decided to become a teacher once I felt like I had exhausted all other possible options. Computer science was my first choice, but that required a lot of math. Journalism was second, but that was a dying business and creatively I would be put in a box. Writing would be my ideal career choice, but that doesn’t pay the bills. Teaching just kind of came as a “Well, there’s nothing else” option.

Q: What has teaching taught you about life?

A: If there’s one thing that teaching has taught me it’s that it’s the most important profession in the world. Teachers are responsible for educating and raising up the next generation of brilliant minds, year after year. More than that, since teachers see kids more than their parents in most respects, we have the overwhelmingly noble task of acting as a model for their moral compass and work ethic. The other thing that I would say I learned from teaching is that you have to be good at juggling many different abilities at the same time when you do it. Teacher, disciplinarian, parent, and in best cases, friend. These are only a few of the many hats that I wear as an educator.

Q: What’s one thing that you’d like to have in five years?

A: One thing I’d like to have in 5 years…can I say tenure? Does tenure even exist at this school? Who knows? More than that, I would hope to have a family by then. The biological clock is ticking, right?