Teacher Appreciation 2020 / 2021
This year has been a challenging one for all of us. So, the support of teachers was very much needed. The students at NAI appreciate everything our teachers have done.
"She makes lessons fun. She takes time to talk to me and get to know me." Lewis Natee, Sophmore "She really helped me with organization and was a positive influence in the morning every day. She is nice but makes you work which is what I think a teacher should be." Aidan Smithyman, Freshman "Ms. Schulte is a genuinely kind person. She is easy to talk to and always interested in how I'm ...
"He's nice and works with students well." Aeon Farrar, Freshman
"She takes the time to see if we are doing okay with school and mentally." Emily Wachowiak, Sophmore "An absolute sensational, caring teacher who brings energy and a great mood to class while loving her job!" Peyton Wood, Sophmore
"He keeps the class short and sweet. I learn a lot, plus I have fun in his class." Lewis Natee, Sophmore "We don't have any homework." Elijah Desalvo, Sophmore "He is the funniest and most entertaining teacher" Jamie Hutchison, Sophmore
"She never fails to help me when I need it." Jamie Hutchison, Sophmore "She makes my math class fun." Gianna Capizzi, Sophmore "She can handle our rowdiness patient and very thoughtful." Donald Collins, Sophmore
"She's always willing to stay after class and help you in whatever way possible, and also she is extremely kind." Conner Morgan, Freshman "Mrs. Burg is one of the absolute sweetest teachers I know. She's always in a good mood and walking into her class in the morning just makes my day. She is the type of teacher who genuinely cares about the internal well-being of her students. Also to say, she...
"Dr. Hedderman is an amazing teacher, and his class is always really fun and really educational at the same time. I appreciate all that he has done to make sure the online students are still getting a great education from home, and I appreciate all the time he has put in to make online projects/activities that are entertaining and informative for everyone in the class. Even though the pandemic, he...
"His class gives the perfect mix of a traditional and successful learning environment with an easy-going, exciting classroom while still keeping the content and schedule at a high level of learning. His teaching style has really mastered making Algebra (yes, even Algebra) a nice class and even reprieve in the day, still keeping my lesson retention high." Grace Rowley, Sophmore
"His class is a class I look forward to because of his fun and energetic personality." Gracie Croushore, Freshman
"She makes geometry clear and you never are in question of what is expected of you. Plus she runs and skis, which is awesome." Isla Modic, Freshman "It is really easy to understand her teaching style." Dana Pitell, Freshman
"Mrs. Roman really cares about each of her students and I know that I am going to learn a lot about fitness every time I go to class :)." Thrisha Kalpatthi, Freshman
"He gives us fun outdoor activities that I love to do in my free time." Lewis Natee, Sophmore "He helped me get more comfortable with gym class." Aidan Mulkearns, Sophmore
"Madame is so caring and sweet and makes my friends and me excited to come to class every day!" Shae DeRose, Freshman
"He gets to know the students and treats everyone the same." Joseph Booth, Freshman "He is probably the best math teacher I've had, and he is constantly teaching us new ways to remember how to solve problems whilst still not making it super boring. He is an awesome teacher overall, and I've never had a great math teacher like him." Harrison French, Freshman "He's nice." Jacob Bohnenstengel, So...
"Mr. Slayton has truly changed the way I see the world in so many ways, and the way he teaches us and the way we read in class is unbeatable. most teachers when we read a book, we finish the book and then we take a test on it and that's it. but in Mr. Slayton's class, when we read a book and dissect everything and go into great detail on what the author is trying to say and show. we also compare the...
"She helped me gain confidence in my writing and she is always there to talk." Jordan Ashbaugh, Sophmore "Mrs. Pitaro makes English and Speech & Debate fun and interesting." Tori Wisniewski, Sophmore
"Mrs. Vescovi actively teaches us with enthusiasm and positivity. Unlike some of my other teachers, she puts in grades as soon as humanely possible. She has also adapted to the ever-changing schedule of the hybrid model with grace. I love being Mrs. Vescovi's student." Shreya Pant, Freshman
"We talked about the important stuff in her class. The time spent in her class was some of the most valuable time in each school each day for our collective futures." Isla Modic, Freshman
"She genuinely cares about her students. She always put our well-being first during class and even outside of the classroom. She has made learning in a pandemic fun and bearable, and this year wouldn’t have been the same without her." Ananyaa Rajulu, Freshman "Always a bright spot in my day and takes the time to ask how I am doing." Terasa Erimias, Sophmore
"He was one of the few teachers that I have ever had that actually seemed to personally care about each and every one of us." Maxwell Goggans, Sophmore "He is super helpful and cares about every one of his students." Jamie Hutchison, Sophmore "Mr. Warner's class is my favorite this year. He is really involved with the students and engages them. I like how he gives us the independence to c...
"She is amazing, kind and she has influenced everyone she has taught." Parthiv Reddy Bandi, Freshman "She's made me love Biology. Every time we have a synchronous class, I'm so excited to learn something new. Mrs. Beresford spends so much time making our assignments fun and engaging, and it's made me enjoy the class so much. I hope to pursue a career in Biology because of her." Aneri Shethji, Freshman...
"Ah, where do I begin? He is just one of the best teachers that I could ever ask for. Before his class, I never had any interest or respect for history, especially European History. But, Mr. Mohr changed my mind. My friends and I were always so excited when we had live class because we knew that we are going to laugh and have a good time. From Horrible Histories to hilarious memes, I enjoyed every minute o...
"Mr. Coleman always puts the needs of his students above anything else, and he has made school so much more enjoyable. I look forward to going to his class everyday because he puts a smile on my face. He helped me grow, not only academically and as a person." Abbey Kautzman, Sophomore "He makes funny jokes in class." Natee Lewis, Sophomore "I look forward to going to his class. Not only i...
"Mr. Paylo tries to combine what he has to teach with what the students would want to hear and that shows he truly loves his job. He understands the stress that comes with high school and I really appreciate to." - Manas Kathir, Sophomore "He rarely gives homework." - Mark Lawless, Sophomore
"Great teacher and Extremely funny, great with the class." Emma Cheng, Freshman "Mr. Winschel not only makes the material fun and easy to learn, but he also makes time to help the students that need it." Ari Stuart, Freshman
"She has helped me out this year." -Michael Conrad, Sophomore "Mrs. Schoenfeld is a nice, warm-hearted person. Her students are a her first priority. She will go out of her way to help a student in need. Also, she will make you feel good about yourself with a simple compliment." -Sarah Gill, Freshman "She's literally one of the most understanding people I've ever met. If you ever need h...
"Mrs. Lavelle is always so patient! "Gentle but firm" is the phrase that comes to mind. I've only ever heard her raise her voice once, and that was out of annoyance more than actual anger. I aspire to have her level of calm one day. I also think she's done a really nice job of setting up orchestra classes in a way where it's flexible (so even if we go fully remote or fully in-person, plans can be adjusted...
"He is a genius and his class is interesting." Taner Cetin, Sophmore "He makes a very hard AP class seem so fun!" Helen Katyal, Sophmore
"This has been a hard year for me and everyone. History was never my favorite class, but I have really started to love it and love learning it this year. He is a very fun teacher and didn't give us overwhelming amounts of work. He really seems to care about his students. Overall, he has been my favorite teacher this year for those reasons and many more." Lillian Duche, Sophmore
"She understands our stress about grades and cares more that we are learning." Chase Ferraro, Sophmore "Mrs. Jones is a teacher who cares about all of her students." Tori Wisniewski, Sophmore
"Mr. Mooney is the only teacher I’ve had this year who has ever seemed to care about the well-being of not just me, but his entire class. He consistently will email and check up on students who transitioned between NACA and NAI. When my aunt passed he sent my family a card. Mr. Mooney is additionally a fantastic educator as I believe I have learned and retained the most information from his class...
"Ms. Ochs is such a great and caring person. She values everyone and is always there for us when we need her. She is very helpful and fun to talk to before class starts and during homeroom. Her personality and teaching skills make biology a very entertaining class. I am so glad that I got her as my teacher this year." -Calla Ewing, Freshman "One of the most understanding, amazing, thoughtful, funniest...
"Mr. Zavacky always makes class fun. He is so understanding and upbeat." -Anonymous, Sophmore "Mr. Zavacky is wonderful! He manages to discuss even the most tedious topics in a way that inspires us." -Ayala Sher, Sophmore
"Mr. McClain lets me pull the moss out of his little patch of garden connected to his room so that's nice and none of the other teachers I have, have a patch of garden so that's nice." -Ryan Thomas, Freshman "He has memes on the daily agenda and social studies teachers are always the best." -Taylor Graber, Freshman "He is very patient and genuinely and wants people to succeed. Also jus...
"Wow! Mr. hull is by far the most impactful teacher I have had at NA. He brings current world issues to class without glossing over the present actualities of racism, sexism, and other forms of systemic hate. Mr. hull combines these paramount matters along with historical and even archaic readings to further nourish our minds in elaborate connections. I deeply, deeply, deeply value the open discuss...