Teacher’s Poll: The 2010’s

By Susan Wu

Achievements, hardships, and everything in between. Galileo teachers went through a lot over the last 10 years. A lot can happen in a decade; here are some of the highlights and lowlights for Galileo teachers during the 2010’s.

Mr. Chinn: AP Biology 

“My biggest accomplishments were having two girls; one born in 2010 and one born in 2012. Raising kids is a LOT of work, but really fun and rewarding. Since I’ve been teaching for a while, I wanted to challenge myself each year, so I decided to get my national board certification in teaching. For five summers, (2014-2019) I worked in different labs at Stanford to learn more about science and got published in a scientific journal. At Galileo, I enjoyed being the adviser for the class of 2013 and again for the class of 2023. I also became the science department chair in 2019. By far the hardest challenge was when my wife was diagnosed with nose and throat cancer in 2018. She went through a lot to be cured, and as a family, it was hard to get by with her being sick.  We got through it, things are looking up and her health has been good!” 

Ms. Wong: Algebra 1 and Geometry 

“One of the highlights this year was getting a dog and naming it Bubba Bubba. In the beginning of my major, I started to do a bit of digital art since I liked painting and drawing, but later on switched to teaching. I was able to graduate from UC Berkeley in 2016 and was able to go into teaching. It was also one of the most challenging things because right when I finished with college, I went straight into teaching (2016 to 2017). I taught in three cities: Hong Kong, Austin (Texas), and San Francisco. I also moved to San Francisco from the East Bay. I ran my first 5k last year in 2019, and I visited my parents in Vietnam for the first time in the summer.”  

Mr. Biorn: Biology and Physiology 

“From 2010-2013, I was a scientist for a company called ‘Amgen’ and had a promotion in 2010. I had always wanted to be a teacher, so I went back to school and became a teacher. When I was an undergrad, things happened that led me to be a scientist. I also finished my masters degree in 2018 from USF. I was able to make a new biology curriculum (2017- 2020). Switching careers from a lab scientist to being a teacher was challenging. There were also many changes in San Francisco with more homelessness, cost of living increasing and a lot more opportunities in business.” 

Ms. Myers: Health 

“Experiencing motherhood and learning how to take care of children while teaching were some highlights of the years. I had really young kids born in 2007 and 2009. Over the past few years, I was traveling a lot in Asia and went to Taiwan last summer, learning Mandarin along the way. My wife is Taiwanese and is a pilot. One challenging thing was that my wife is mostly away a lot of the times and tends to feel alone. I also wrote a book called ‘Mama is a Pilot’. I am teaching at Galileo for 80% part time due to health reasons.” 

Mr.Rackley: Algebra 1 and 2

“I had taught at Castro Valley before 2010, and got a masters degree in 2011. I moved to Hawaii in the summer of 2015 and taught in a private school there. As for accomplishments, I got to teach a robotics, public speaking, yearbook, and math classes. It was also challenging because since the weather is always nice, students tend to come to class late and leave early because they want to surf. I came back to San Francisco last summer in 2019 and began teaching at Galileo in 2019. I have been teaching for 10 years, and I know more things than I can teach.” 

Ms. Green: English 1 and Literature

“ Over the last 10 years, there have been changes in the administration and teacher faculty. That was challenging due to the changing of teachers and a big turn over of teachers. I was still teaching at Galileo and was halfway through the career here. I have also changed my curriculum to become easier for students to pass. Keeping up with the changes in technologies and the desires & interests of the students were challenging. It was also an accomplishment that I was able to keep up with it even though it was hard.”  

Mr. Cadette: Biology

“In 2010, I celebrated New Years in Singapore and visited Malaysia & Bali. I spent my summer in Namibia and studied environmental conservation. Then I returned back to Arizona. In 2011, I graduated and moved to Vietnam with family. I came back to apply for grad schools in New York, and got accepted to Columbia in May 2012. I then graduated from a teachers’ college and lived in Manhattan. I got my first job teaching biology for three years in the Bronx, at Med themed school (Marie Curie). In 2016, I moved back to Arizona and took physics & organic chem. I was able to teach in an Arizona school, and I moved to the Bay Area in 2018. I was later hired at Galileo and now teach Biology and Chemistry.”  

Ms. Sheppeck: Spanish 3 and English 1

“ I spent a lot of time focusing on children and helping them get through school since they were still at a very young age; my little boy was 4 years old. Before the decade, I was living in Mexico. I have been teaching for 17 years and have been at  Galileo for 8 years, teaching Spanish and English. There were a lot of big challenges, but two of the most challenging things were: losing my house and losing one of my closest friends. I lost my house because I couldn’t pay for it and I lost my friend two years ago to cancer.”

You may also like...

%d bloggers like this: