By Nicky Xu
Chris Veenstra is a new English teacher. The Oak Leaf interviewed him about his year so far.
Q: How long have you been teaching?
A: “I’ve been teaching for [two] years. Prior, I was at Berkeley High and now I’m here.”
Q: What do you like about Alameda High School?
A: “I’ve been really impressed with the conduct of the students and everybody’s good attitude. I feel like people work really hard and are really respectful of their teacher and each other for the most part.”
Q: What are your goals this year?
A: “My goals are to continue to develop as a professional teacher and create more interesting, engaging curriculum that students will enjoy.”
Q: Why did you become a teacher?
A: “I became a teacher because I love helping people, I love English, I love literature but I think that often times, teenagers kind of get a bad rap and I don’t think it’s quite as deserving as it comes off. I am a pretty patient and calm person and I just enjoy being supportive of other people.”
Q: Fun fact?
A: “I love to play music. I play three different instruments [guitar, bass guitar, mandolin] and it’s a big part of my life outside of school.”