When we think of the first day of school, we think of students nervously walking through hallways, finding the perfect seat in the classroom, or even worst — eyeing a new teacher that nobody knows anything about. Will he/she be a good teacher? Will they be strict? How much homework with they assign? Well, it isn’t just the student that suffers anxiety when it comes to the first day of school. Rookie teachers, like Lakewood Academy’s Andrew Hicks, also enter the first day of school with a belly full of butterflies. The Beacon recently caught up with Mr. Hicks in his homeroom, and the Gill Memorial Academy graduate, who just happened to be a Beacon carrier during his time at GMA, talked about those pressures, and who he would cheer for in a volleyball match between his old school and his new one.
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WELCOME TO L.A. — It’s never easy taking your first step inside a new school, meeting new staff and students for the first time. Andrew Hicks, a rookie teacher at Lakewood Academy in Glenwood, who graduated from Gill Memorial Academy in Musgrave Harbour, knows all about the nerves that come with your first day teaching.
Let’s take a step back from sports for a bit. Why did you want to become a teacher?
I decided to become a teacher about a year after I finished high school. I finished high school and said, ‘I’m done. I don’t want anything else to do with school.’ I got out, was working in the real world, and the real world didn’t like me, so I said, ‘I want to get back involved with sports, and involved with academics.’
For you personally, is it better getting your first teaching job close to home at Lakewood Academy instead of moving to a different part of the province?
I was offered a few jobs up on the mainland, actually. I was offered a job in Saskatchewan, and there was a potential job in Alberta. I got a call for this position, and I took it without question.
“I got out, was working in the real world, and the real world didn’t like me, so I said, ‘I want to get back involved with sports, and involved with academics.’” Andrew Hicks
You started off by saying the students were a little nervous about seeing a new teacher for the first time. If you had to send some advice to students who get nervous with a new teacher, what would you tell them? How should they approach a new teacher?
Be nice. Introduce yourself and get to know someone before you start judging.
Thanks for your time, Mr. Hicks. Is there anything else you want to add about being at Lakewood Academy?
I was surprised at the turnout we had for volleyball tryouts. We haven’t had a whole lot of interest in the past, but there’s been a lot of interest this year, and I’m definitely looking forward to the volleyball season this year.