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Dar_Jonathan_300w.jpgAn Interview with Mr. Dar

by Communications Manager for a Day Lily S.

I interviewed Mr. Dar today. I asked him questions about his upcoming book. I asked him what job he would have if he wasn't a teacher. Those are just some of the questions I asked him; read on to find out more!

LS: If you weren't a teacher, what would your job be and why?

Mr. Dar: That is a really, really difficult question because I want to do everything you can do, but probably I'd be an architect because I love to design things and I love the way that architecture includes math and art and design and makes people happy.

LS: Where did you get the idea to write a book?

Mr. Dar: That's a really hard idea because you know that I love to draw things, right? So, I'm always drawing things, and I was thinking, "Well, wouldn't it be good if I shared my drawings somehow?" And I thought maybe a book; maybe I can kind of teach kids something instead of just being a fun picture book. So I thought of stuff we learn in school, and I thought of Roy G. Biv because that's the colors of the rainbow, and we learn that in science.

LS: What do you like best about all of the classes that you've taught? 

Mr. Dar: That answer is easy: You guys, the kids, because I love you guys – even the hard kids; the ones who aren't as well behaved as you – I even love them because I know what it's like to be a kid, and being a kid is not always easy. Adults are like, "Oh! I wish I were a kid again." But it's not easy to be a kid is it?

LS: No.

Mr. Dar: It's not easy. And adults forget that.

LS: Have you ever taught any other grade than second?

Mr. Dar: I have taught 4th grade, 5th grade, and even older kids – 7th, 8th, and 9th. I really love teaching 2nd grade the most, though. The older kids are not as fun for me to teach – every teacher has a grade level they like best, and everybody is different. But for me, the younger grades are the best.

LS: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Mr. Dar: First, I wanted to be an archaeologist, but my parents said that would involve getting dirty a lot and not spending much time with other people. Then I thought about being an architect, but it turns out I was more likely to design sewers and bridges than fun things like buildings. So then I considered being a baseball player, but baseball players spend a lot of time away from their families. Airline pilot? That's even worse! My parents wanted me to be a doctor, but chemistry lab didn't agree with me. I even set something on fire once. So finally I took a class with a bunch of other people designed to help us find the right path, and I took a bunch of tests, and the computer said I'd be a great teacher. And so I teach.

LS: Where would you want to live?

Mr. Dar: I always loved living in California, so I didn't spend too much time as a kid thinking about other places to live. You've got the beach. You've got the mountains. And you've got everything in between. I've spent time in New York, though it was a hard place for me to live. I went to college on the East Coast, where I learned about American history. I've traveled to Europe and love all of those countries – Italy, Spain, France – so maybe I'll live there one day. But California is my home.

What's Awesome About St. James’

Focus Group Results

On Tuesday, Communications Manager for the Day Lily S. convened a small focus group of her 3rd-grade peers to discuss the question “What is the most awesome thing about St. James’?” Below are the group’s findings.

According to the 3rd-grade girls that we spoke with, some of the most awesome things about St. James’ are...

  • friends
  • handball
  • teachers
  • hot lunch
  • people
  • Field Day
  • cookies, ice cream, gummy bears, cake
  • Around the World
  • no homework in Kindergarten
  • fun projects in class
  • field trips and pool parties

“Teachers are included as friends,” was a notable quotation from the group meeting.

Most exciting things about next year: iPads, big field trip, and new projects.

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