The Medallion

Teacher Interview: Mr. Rose

Margaret Hsiao '20

June 3, 2019

Mr. Rose is our very fun social studies teacher here at NDA. He teaches, AP US Government and politics, US History, and Economics. At Notre Dame, he is most notorious for his goofy personality, especially during spirit weeks. However, many students also comment on how helpful of a teacher he is. One thing many students remember...

Teacher Interview: Mr. Joyce

Anna LoCicero '21

May 3, 2019

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 ...

Teacher Interview: Mrs. Bianchi

Margaret Hsiao '20

April 12, 2019

Mrs. Bianchi is our very lively science department chair. She has been an inspiring member of our community for six years in which she has taught all levels of Biology, including IB Biology, Physics, Cuvilly Science, Medical Neuroscience, and summer courses. She also runs multiple STEM clubs such as LEGO Robotics. Mrs. Bianchi...

Teacher Interview: Mr. Bianchi

Margaret Hsiao '20

March 22, 2019

Mr. Bianchi is our esteemed math department chair here at NDA; he’s taught many math classes including Geometry, Algebra 2, AP Calculus, and more recently, he has been teaching summer math courses at here at NDA. He has been a devoted member of our school, having been here for 18 years so far. Many students know him to be very ...

Teacher Interview: Ms. Carter

Margaret Hsiao '20

March 22, 2019

Ms. Carter is our very loved theology teacher here at NDA. Over her twelve years here, she has taught Morality, Just Choices, Scriptures, and of course Women’s Spirituality. This year, she has taken on the role of IB Coordinator. While we all know Ms. Carter for her love for social issues, we also know her for her goofy personality:...

Teacher Interview: Ms. Martin

Margaret Hsiao '20

January 11, 2019

Ms. Martin is an amazing Spanish teacher here at NDA. She teaches levels 3, 4, and 5 and is often considered very entertaining. Many of us experience this especially before Christmas break when, each year, Ms. Martin brings her classes caroling around the school. As one of her students describes her, “Ms. Martin is a reall...

Teacher Interview: Mr. Wachman

Emma Montefusco '20

December 14, 2018

What was your high school experience like? I went to high school in New York in a suburban area similar to NDA. In my junior year, I went to a boarding school in Switzerland which was not similar to the States. Going from the suburban New York school to boarding school was very different because boarding school was more ...

Teacher Interview: Mr. Benson

Teacher Interview: Mr. Benson

Mary Claire Griffin '22

December 14, 2018

What compelled you to study history and become a history teacher?  I always found history interest...

Teacher Interview: Mrs. Dawson

Teacher Interview: Mrs. Dawson

Margaret Hsiao '20, Writer

December 14, 2018

Mrs. Dawson is our new music teacher here at NDA. She teaches all the Cuvilly students in either general...

Teacher Interview: Ms. Kappel

Emma Montefusco '20

November 9, 2018

What were you like in high school? I won the most musical superlative - I played the violin, piano, sang, and was co-president of theater club. I was mostly positive, but I found it challenging. I found college easier than high school. I'm still good friends with my high school best friends. What made you choose English ...

Teacher Interview: Dr. Orbison

Maggie Coughlin '20 and Avery Shields '20

November 9, 2018

What were you like in high school?   I was a jock, I went to a boys’ private school, and I was an average student. I played basketball, baseball, and football, but baseball was my specialty.   If you were given $10 million right now, what is the first thing you would do with it?   Oh jeez. I would...

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