#TeacherTuesday is a new feature of the 217 PTA.
It will highlight the talented and dedicated educators at PS/IS 217.
Q1: What's your favorite thing about PS / IS 217?
MS. AFODORCEI: "I love this school. I have been working here for the past 14 years. My most favorite thing about our school is the students! We have such a diverse body of students from so many wonderful places around the world."
Q2: What's your favorite thing to eat for lunch?
I usually eat a whole wheat bagel with butter and jelly because I’m usually hungry by 10 am and it’s still breakfast. Occasionally, I indulge in a great salad from the Wholesome Factory.
Q3: If you could trade jobs with someone else for one day, what job would you choose and why?
I truly sat and blankly stared into space for a few minutes as I thought of a possible answer. The answer is I would not trade jobs with anyone. It is an immense pleasure to work with children. What’s better than seeing bright happy faces every morning that greet you with joy? What’s better than seeing the confidence on children’s faces when something you taught has been absorbed and is being integrated with a child’s whole being?
Q4: What was your favorite subject when you were in elementary / middle school (depending on teacher grade level)?
When I was in elementary school I loved Reading. I was a kid who could not put down a book. My family had to drag me to the dinner table. I would spend hours in my bedroom just reading mostly Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales. I was very shy but I loved sharing my thoughts about characters in books at school.
Q5: How do you get to work each day?
I drive to school each morning while listening to a favorite song and drinking my Starbucks coffee.
Q6: What's the last great book you read?
There is a tie. I loved both Social Intelligence and Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman. Both books have pages and pages of underlined sentences.
Q7: How has being a student changed since the time you were in elementary/middle school?
I was an ELL student when I arrived to the United States. School here was very different than school in Romania. As a student in Romania, I did not have the space and personal freedom to exhibit a different learning style. Everyone learned in the same way. There was great structure but not everyone was receiving the kind of learning that they needed.
Q8: What did you do on your summer vacation?
I usually travel to Cyprus in the Mediterranean to visit my family. My cousin in Cyprus is a special education teacher and my uncle is a principal. Our family conversations during summer vacation many times revolve around education mostly while sipping a frappe near a beach.
Q9: If you could get every student in your class to do one thing, every day, what would it be?
Read a great book that they LOVE!
Q10: What is your favorite event at PS/IS 217?
I have enjoyed the school music concert every year for the past 14 years. The children love it, the teachers love it and the parents love it! We are very lucky to have such a great music program in our school.