Courtesy of Larissa Gasperetti

Teacher Appreciation: Señora Gasperetti

A friendly face in the third-floor halls, you might see her waving and saying ‘¡Hola!’ or ‘¡Buenos días!’ to students as they pass her room as she stands outside her door. Mrs. Gasperetti is known for her bright personality and her fast Spanish speaking, she always has a bright smile on her face. We sat down with her to ask her some questions.

LH: How long have you been teaching?

LG: About 7 years (worked some time as a TA)

LH: How long have you been teaching at City High?

LG: 3 years

LH: Have you taught at any other schools?

LG: Yes. I was a teaching assistant (TA) at the University of Iowa, and have taught high school in California, Waterloo as well as at CHS.

LH: What is your favorite part of teaching?

LG: Without any doubt, learning from and with my students.  

LH: What motivates you to teach the most?

LG: My students deserve my very best and it’s a privilege to work with future generations.  

LH: Have you learned things from your students If so, can you name a few?

LG: Absolutely!  I am often challenged by my students’ examples of perseverance in the face of exceptional challenges. I also appreciate their dedication, diversity, talents, and efforts both in and out of the classroom.

LH: What is the hardest part about being a teacher?

LG: My biggest challenge is managing my time in order to provide engaging instruction and relevant feedback while juggling being a wife, mother, and friend.  

LH: What are your favorite lessons to teach?

LG: Any lesson that is engaging for my students and allows them to form their own connections.  I especially enjoy hearing them talk about the content, interact with each other and laugh!

LH: What first inspired you to start teaching?

LG: I was fortunate to have many exceptional teachers growing up in the ICCSD.  I frequently felt challenged and cared for. I hope my students feel I hold them to high standards while demonstrating how much I care about their personal and academic success.


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