For this issue of The Medallion, I decided to interview one of my favorite teachers at NDA, my chemistry teacher, Mr. Joyce.
Where are you from?
“I was born in Weymouth. I was raised in Weymouth and Braintree.”
What were you like in high school?
“I was a nerd—but I also played sports. I played football, not well, and I also wrestled. Those were the two sports I enjoyed but I also was a science geek.”
Where did you go to college and what was your major?
“I went to college in a place called Rochester, New York, the University of Rochester. I stayed there until I got my bachelor’s in general science. I got a master’s in education at the same school.
Has chemistry always been your favorite subject?
I think chemistry has always been my favorite. When I was a kid I got a chemistry set and later on I found out that my grandfather was a pharmacist, so I think it was in my blood.”
What made you want to be a chemistry teacher?
“I went to college as a chemical engineer. After I took some courses I really didn’t care for it and I went into straight chemistry, but it wasn’t quite what I wanted. I took an education course and found out what I really liked and when I combined that it had to be science and since chemistry is my favorite science, I ended up eventually teaching chemistry.”
Where were you before NDA?
“I was at Quincy and North Quincy High School for 35 years. I worked 2 years in Rochester.”
What are your hobbies outside of school?
“I like to collect music, records. I also like to play video games on my Xbox. My favorite game to play is Fallout.”
Do you have a spirit animal?
“Well. I had many animals growing up.” I repeated the question. “Probably not.”
“Oh…I would say a song by a group called Love: 7 and 7 is.”
Favorite movie/tv show?
“Right now, Game of Thrones.”
What is your dream vacation?
“To go to New Zealand and Australia.”
Where do u see yourself in 5 years?
“Retired and playing with my grandchildren.