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Michael Gagnon


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After 18 years of working as an Accountant, I decided to change not only my career, but my life path. My enjoyment in reading and writing led me to pursue degrees in English and secondary education. What I found was joy. It is perhaps the single most important truth that when you find joy in what you do, the challenges of your choices become opportunities to thrive and grow. This is what teaching is for me.

My experiences have stressed an understanding that students arrive at school from various environments, all impacting their attitudes, skills, and accomplishments in and out of the classroom. Many of these students appear to be without issues, all the while with thoughts and emotions stewing and boiling underneath their calm or apathetic exterior. As a teacher, it is important that I remain aware of my student needs beyond the obvious, and build relationships that will guide them to a successful adulthood.

I completed my Bachelor's degree in English at Hunter College, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a focus on multicultural American literature.

I completed by Master's Degree in Secondary Education at Hawai`i Pacific University, graduating with distinction in 2008.

I have taught in the public school system since I began teaching in 2007, first at Kailua High School, in Kailua, Hawai`i and then in the Connecticut public school system. I currently teach at Southington High School in Southington, CT.

In addition, I have taught entry level college courses at Hawai`i Pacific University in Honolulu, HI and at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, CT.

Favorite Subjects

Composition, English, Creative Writing, Literature, Reading, Speech / Rhetoric

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