by: Alyssa Lojko (Class of 2016)
I recently interviewed Mr. Martin, an English teacher at Wethersfield High School. I was able to ask him some questions about how and why he decided to become a teacher and ultimately come to Wethersfield to do so.
When asked about what made him decide to be a teacher, Mr. Martin said, “I’m not sure if I ever actually decided I wanted to be a teacher. I think my teachers in high school decided it for me. They used to pull me aside after class and say, 'You're not the best student, but you can become a great teacher.'” After that response it makes you think that anyone around you at this moment can have an influence on your future and what you become in life.
Originally, Mr. Martin is from Lowell, Massachusetts. When asked why he started teaching in Connecticut, his response was very honest and to the point. “I’m dating a girl, and she was living in Connecticut. When I graduated with my Master's degree, I knew that I wanted to move from Lowell to Connecticut to be closer to her.”
When it came to becoming an English teacher at Wethersfield High School, it was very easy for him to make a choice. He was offered many other jobs from different schools throughout the state, but Wethersfield High School stuck out to him. He responded by saying “I went to a job fair at University of Hartford and I met so many schools from all over the state: Hartford, Waterbury, Glastonbury, Simsbury; and I got a lot of offers. The one thing that kind of brought Wethersfield to the top was when I met Mr. McKenna, the science teacher. He was so nice and he was so welcoming, and everyone else I talked to from Wethersfield were also welcoming. Wethersfield High School really has a reputation for wanting to challenge students mentally and really take things above and beyond, and that’s what I really wanted to do in my classroom, so that's why I chose here over everywhere else.”
Mr. Martin teaches World Literature (English 10), American Literature (English 11), and Journalism (Elective Course).
Mr. Martin really enjoys teaching at Wethersfield High School, and it’s good to see teachers who are so dedicated and interactive with their students. Mr. Martin is a very passionate teacher, and absolutely loves his job here at Wethersfield High. When asked about his experience, he said, "I love it! I've taught at three different schools and this is easily the most fun and the most rewarding of the experiences I’ve had so far.”