A Teacher Feature Interview With Mr. Carnevale
By Sarah Rizvi
Mr. Carnevale is an American History teacher. He teaches his eighth grade class in room 104, and has been teaching for nineteen years. Many students and staff members think that he is a great teacher, and they appreciate all that he does. In fact, Mr. Smith says that “Mr. C is one of the most passionate educators I have ever met. Oftentimes he is the first person in the building and the last one to leave. His dedication allows him to bring his social studies classes alive, providing a classroom that students are excited to be part of. His firm yet caring approach to education is just the right mix to lead our students to a successful future.” Nicholas Leskiw, one of his students, says that what makes Mr. Carnevale unique is that every single day, he says “Be a leader, make good choices, and make it a great day!” followed by the bang of his gavel. Nick also says that Mr. C is known for being passionate and going out of his way to meet the needs of his students. So today, I sat down with him to get to know him a little better.
What made you want to become a teacher? A love for being around kids in general along with a love for history. Teaching is a great fit because it combines these two.
Who is your favorite historical figure and why? John Fitzgerald Kennedy because he represented a youth and energy about politics that we never had before. Most other presidents and politicians were kind of old and stuffy about things, but JFK brought such a glamour to the world like no other president has before.
What is the most interesting place you have ever visited? Boston, Massachusetts because of the Freedom Trail and all of the other historical places from the Revolutionary War.
What is your opinion on historical fiction? It’s interesting, but it is not somewhere that you should reference for information because it is for entertainment purposes. It is definitely great but again, it shouldn’t be a first resort.
If you weren’t a teacher, what would you select for a career? A constitutional lawyer because learning about the laws and rights of the Magna Carta and Articles of Confederation are very intriguing, and it would be fun to work with them.
What are some activities that you enjoy doing in your free time? Golfing, running, reading, and anything outdoors.
What is your favorite part about teaching? Spending time with the kids, getting to know them, talking to them, and making jokes.
How do you deal with difficult situations? Staying calm and evaluating the situation is a very good way to handle things. Never let the situation cause you to become overwhelmed and don’t always assume that you know what is going on in a person’s life.
What is one food that you absolutely despise? Brussels sprouts.
Who is your favorite singer or musician? Eric Clapton, The Eagles, and pretty much anyone else. Any genre of music is good, depending on the day and my mood.
As you can see, Mr. Carnevale is a wonderful teacher who will definitely have a long-lasting impact on students’ lives. We thank him for taking time out of his day to sit down with us to conduct this interview.