Jane Park: Grade 7
Mrs. Heather Serra is the new fifth- and sixth-grade math teacher at Buckley this year. In addition to her love of mathematics, Mrs. Serra has two cats and a love of European monarchs, but she would choose to unwatch the Deadpool movie if she could. She also has a special message for all of her students. Here is her interview with the Buckley Bark:
Q. How are you enjoying Buckley so far?
A. I’m really enjoying it. I’m having a really great time here. The kids have been so welcoming. I’m loving working with them!
Q. What do you like most about Buckley?
A. There are a lot of things to choose from actually. I would say the feeling of home and the community spirit.
Q. What inspired you to be a math teacher?
A. Actually, one of my math teachers from high school.
Q. What is your favorite part of being a teacher?
A. Helping students understand a topic that I know to teach kids to love math.
Q. If you could do or be something other than a math teacher, what would it be?
A. Archaeologist or historian.
Q. What did you do before coming to Buckley?
A. I was teaching in other schools on Long Island and in New Jersey.
Q. What is your favorite topic in math?
A. System of linear equations.
Q. Do you have any hobbies or special skills?
A. I love learning about the history of European monarchs and the family tree lines, hence the archaeologist / historian.
Q. Was math your favorite subject in school?
A. Yes, without a doubt!
Q. What is your favorite TV show?
A. The Voice.
Q. Do you have any interesting facts about yourself?
A. I have two cats, Rocky and Sparky.
Some Buckley students also submitted questions to get to know Mrs. Serra:
Q. (Anna Tsoulias) Why did you decide to become a teacher at Buckley rather than any other schools?
A. Buckley is an amazing school, and I feel honored teaching here. It is a special place!
Q. (Alan Barkan) Did you like the Deadpool movie?
A. It wasn’t the greatest movie…..
Q. (Lindsay Fabricant) Why do you like math?
A. It’s interesting, and it’s also helpful in real life.
Q. (Henri Yoon) What kind of food do you like?
Finally, Mrs. Serra wanted to share a message with her students: “Thank you for welcoming me into the Buckley community. I look forward to spending many, many years here and sharing my love of math.”