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Former war refugee now teaches chemistry

Former war refugee now teaches chemistry

Sophie Haddad, Multimedia Editor

October 15, 2014

Hai Nguyen escaped from the communist regime of Vietnam and now teaches chemistry at Carlmont High School. When Nguyen was growing up, he lived in a tent in a war refugee camp with his ten siblings. After finally finding a sponsor to secure his immigration to America, Nguyen made it to the Bay Area...

Music teacher becomes proud father

Music teacher becomes proud father

Sophie Haddad, Multimedia Editor

September 30, 2014

On Sept. 11, Edward Smart's wife gave birth to a baby girl. Smart has been teaching instrumental music at Carlmont for the past couple years, ever since the program expanded enough to necessitate an additional teacher.  Last year, he temporarily took over full responsibility of the program when the...

A new teacher inspired by her father’s work

Lauren Tierney, Staff Writer

September 22, 2014

Kristin Robinson joined our Carlmont community this year to continue to pursue her passion for teaching math. Her father has played a huge part in creating her passion for teaching students as he too was a teacher. Robinson said, “My dad is a retired physics teacher. After I graduated college,...

Software engineer becomes math teacher

Software engineer becomes math teacher

Becca Fradkin, Scot Scoop Multimedia Editor/Social Media Team

September 18, 2014

David Lai, Carlmont’s new Geometry and Algebra I teacher, did not originally plan on teaching as a career. Lai grew up, attended grade school, high school, and college all in the East Bay. Lai said, “I never planned on moving to the Peninsula until I got a job in Mountain View.” In Mountain...

New teacher on campus — Marcello DiCiccio

New teacher on campus — Marcello DiCiccio

Miranda Irwin, Staff Writer

September 6, 2014

Marcello DiCiccio is one of the many new teachers on the Carlmont campus this 2014-2015 school year. DeCiccio currently teaches life skills and social studies to freshmen as well as world studies to juniors in room E3. “The students here are very respectful and the staff has been supportive and...

English teacher Migdail endeavors to inspire his students

Tori Shanefelter, Staff Writer

September 3, 2014

Carlmont English teacher, Erik Migdail strives to be "caring, knowledgable, and fun" in the eyes of his students. "I would hope that the first word [my students] would use to describe me would be caring. The most important thing to me [as a teacher] is to form a relationship with my students and hel...

Abdilla sees bones’ stories

Abdilla sees bones’ stories

Lizzy Doctorov, Staff Writer

May 20, 2014

Jaime Abdilla pieced together human remains as a forensic anthropologist before arriving at Carlmont. Although she started out planning to become an environmental lawyer, Abdilla developed a fascination with anthropology. Taking one class after another, she soon found herself with a master’s degree. When...

Student helps start a company

Student helps start a company

Athena Duran and Shira Stein

May 6, 2014

A typical college application process can include long essays, requesting letters of recommendation, filling out multiple questionnaires, and whole lot of stress. Senior can be a time filled with mixed emotions, exciting times and various expectations. Once the year starts, seniors are given information...

Gatzert enjoys bilinguality

Gatzert enjoys bilinguality

Lizzy Doctorov, Staff Writer

May 5, 2014

Carly Gatzert has visited Spain, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, and Costa Rica because of her love of Spanish. Gatzert visited Spain for the first time when getting her bachelor’s degree, and returned to get her master’s degree. Going to Spain in college was her first time...

Staying passionate in leadership

Staying passionate in leadership

Kimiko Okumura, Highlander Editor

April 29, 2014

Carlmont's leadership teacher, Jim Kelly, was happy. After graduating college, he was working a full-time job for the City of San Mateo, with great pay. But it was not what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. So he travelled for six months around the world to places like Australia, Thailand, and Indones...

Garcia finds passion for music

Garcia finds passion for music

Lizzy Doctorov, Staff Writer

April 21, 2014

Jaime Garcia is a history teacher who is on his way to becoming an amateur professional musician. Garcia majored in history but was unsure what kind of career to pursue with his degree. His nephews were in middle and high school at the time, and enjoyed Garcia’s passion for history. With...

Lucia’s passion inspires young minds

Lucia’s passion inspires young minds

Alisa Takahashi, Art Team

April 8, 2014

Passionate teachers are distinguished by their commitment to ensure that their students succeed. AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) and English teacher Stephen Lucia, clearly fits the description of someone who loves his job and cares for his students. “I love what I do because educatio...

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