“Once an eagle, always an eagle!”–An Interview with Ms. Hickman

Amanda Giannattasio, Staff Writer

photo 1Q: Why did you choose South?

A: I always thought it would be really cool to come back to the high school that I graduated from and become a teacher. I knew that I wanted to teach math for a long time and going to Monmouth University allowed me to stay in touch with Middletown Township and to get some really good pre-teaching experience in the school here. Once I graduated college, Middleton was my preferred district to interview in. I was so happy when I found out about the opening at South, and I was very fortunate later to be offered the job. Once an eagle, always an eagle!

Q: How do you like South so far?

A: I really love working at South. Being familiar with the building and most of the staff here has made my transition into the school year very smooth. I get to work with very talented teachers and administrators and I think I am very lucky to have a plethora of good role models to help me become the best teacher that I can be.

Q: If you can give one piece of advice to anyone what would it be?

A: The best piece of advice that I could give would be when making college decisions, do not count Brookdale out. Whether you are #1 in the class or struggle in school. I was given this advice when I was in high school and I didn’t listen. I went away to a 4 year school and hated it. I came home after only 1 semester and ended up at Brookdale. I was able to adjust to the college life while being at home and it made the transition from high school to college very easy. Financially, Brookdale is a great choice. If you are not totally sure what you want to do or if you are ready to go away to college, take a semester or a year at Brookdale. Some of the best math professors I ever had were at Brookdale and I really enjoyed my time there.

Q: What do you like to do outside of school?

A: I like to spend time with my family and friends. I enjoy being outside, riding my bike and going to the beach in the summer. I work at a hair salon at night and on the weekends and I also tutor throughout the school year. I like to be active whenever possible, and of course I like to relax, too.

Q: What are you looking forward to the most this year?

A: I am looking forward to learning from more experienced teachers in the building and also continuing my own education at Monmouth University. I will be starting graduate level courses in MU’s Masters STEM program.

Q: What is your role in the Special Ed Department?

A: As a special education teacher and also as a highly qualified math teacher, I teach 2 geometry classes and co-teach as an In Class Support teacher in 2 Geometry classes, one Algebra 1 class and 1 Algebra 2 class. As the in class support teacher, I work along with the lead teachers to provide a creative and innovative learning environment for all students.

Q: Did you always know this is what you wanted to do?

A: Since I was in high school I knew I wanted to be a math teacher. Fortunately, throughout my college experience, my choice in degree did not change, and as I progressed, I became more and more excited to be a teacher.

 Q:  What is your favorite sport?

A: My favorite sport to watch on TV is football (Go Giants!) but my favorite sport to play is field hockey. I am currently the assistant field hockey coach here at MHSS. When I was a student here, I played all four years and I am so excited to be back on the field wearing blue and white.

Q:  What activities did you take part in as a kid?

A: I always played sports, I was a competitive cheerleader and I was a Girl Scout. In the summer time, my family spent a lot of time at our beach club. I have a lot of first cousins who are really like my siblings so we all spent a ton of time together as kids.