Exit Interviews: Mx. Cornwell
It is the end of the school year which means that we will soon have to say goodbye to a few of our favorite teachers. This year, 5 middle school teachers are leaving or moving out of the middle school. Over the final weeks of school, The Direct Message will post an ‘Exit Interview’ that we conducted with each of these educators. Check out all the Exit Interviews by clicking here: Exit Interviews Mx. Caitlin Cornwell Years at AES: 5 years, July 2018 - June 2023 Next stop: the Pretoria campus of the American International School of Johannesburg, South Africa Courses Taught: Math, Drama How many years you have been at AES and what were those years: I have been here for 5 years, from July 2018 to June 2023. What will you miss most about AES? The flowers and the amazing people. What is the best part about being a teacher at AES? The students who ask thoughtful questions and try their best. Also, getting to work with brilliant and talented teaching assistants. What are your plans for next year and what are your thoughts about this next step? Next year, I will be teaching middle school math at the Pretoria campus of American International School of Johannesburg in South Africa. I am really excited. How do you hope your students and colleagues will remember you? That I cared deeply about equity and justice. What message would you like to leave for the community at AES? Please be kind and treat people the way they want to be treated. What Students Had To Say: Daanya, Grade 7 What will you remember about this teacher? I will always remember how kind Mx. Cornwell is to everyone. They’re really relatable, funny, sarcastic, and respectful. What is a funny or memorable story that you have about this teacher? Mx. Cornwell once showed us this youtube video which was primarily for younger kids but the way they were so embarrassed to be playing it was really funny. What makes this teacher unique? Mx. Cornwell’s unique in lots of ways but the way they’re really nice, kind, and understanding, (which not a lot of teachers are) makes it a lot more interesting to be in math class. Yejin Seo, Grade 7 What will you remember about this teacher? They had literally the best method of teaching math. They’re fun, enjoyable, and academic. What is a funny or memorable story that you have about this teacher? The jokes they make during class leads the classroom to feel more safe and I even thought that the classroom feels like a “playground ” that has soft flooring so that even though we make mistakes, we are still safe and turns to experience for another try. What makes this teacher unique? All things considered, I would like to say that Mx. Cornwell has an amazing ability as a teacher that can affect students in a positive way. Jaehee, Grade 7 What will you remember about this teacher? I will remember that Mx. Cromwell was a teacher who was always passionate about helping students and encouraging them. What is a funny or memorable story that you have about this teacher? I remember in WRW, the classes Mx. Cornwell had were very enjoyable and academic. Also, in classes, they made activities fun and interesting to all students! What makes this teacher unique? I think the thing that made Mx. Cornwell unique is that they were always welcoming student’s questions at all times and the various projects we made in class made their class unique. Cam, 7th grade What will you remember about this teacher? I will remember how Mx. Cornwell has been very supportive. They have always tried to make the class comfortable and respect their students. What is a funny or memorable story that you have about this teacher? During WOW my group was climbing in a cave and Mx. Cornwell was behind. They were looking up at a bat hanging when suddenly another bat flew at their head. It was really fast and they immediately bowed their head down and just stood there.
What makes this teacher unique? Mx. Cornwell is unique because they make lots of jokes and keep topics lighthearted, but they also make sure to be respectful and apologize for things.
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