How have students, and other teachers and members of the community, reacted to this unique program being offered at Gander Collegiate?
It's been around so long now, it's like it's become part of the building. When people from the outside come in, everyone kind of brings up solid in the doorway, and they start looking around. You're walking into what you think is more of a traditional classroom, but when you get in through the doors, it's not traditional. This is a working TV studio. We have four digital editors, an analog editor, a closed-circuit TV system that extends throughout the building, and we have broadcast capabilities.
You seem to really love what you do. I hear you are actually eligible to retire at the end of this school year. What are your plans?
Well, I can officially say I'm not going to be retiring at the end of this year. I really love teaching, especially this program. And I love hanging out with the kids - they have so much enthusiasm, it's inspiring. I really can't imagine not coming into this classroom every weekday during the school year. It's a great room to be in.
So, you really used to have a thing for coffee, but you say you haven't had one in ages. You've switched to tea. What happened there?
I used to drink several dozens mugs of coffee a day. I used to think it was what made me so hyper. Now, I have a couple of cups of tea each day, so that's kind of cool. Turns out it wasn't the coffee making me hyper, because I still am. Can't blame it on the coffee anymore.