Falcon Flyer Fall 2018 - Page 6

New Faculty Profiles


This school year, our community welcomes five new faculty and staff members to our building. The Falcon Flyer reached out to each new member of our school community to learn more:

Mrs. Danielle Sommerville, HS Science

FF: Where did you attend college and what did you study?

DS: I have been to several colleges. Initially, I went to art school in San Francisco and failed out. Although I liked art a lot, it was not a good career path for me. Then I took a year off and thought about what I wanted to be. I decided to go back for child development, and that is what I studied at San Francisco City College. I loved the program, and I found that working with children was fulfilling. I got involved with a future teacher program where I was placed in a high school Biology classroom and I fell in love with the position. I then transferred from San Francisco City College to William Paterson University and studied Biology and Education. I graduated with my Bachelors of Science degree, and then a few years later, I went back to William Paterson University for my Masters in Special Education degree. I graduated from the Master’s program this past spring.

FF: Tell us about one or more hobbies that you enjoy

DS: I had a baby 10 months ago, and spending time with him is my new hobby! I love to be outside and go hiking. I also love reading about new findings in biology and child development.

FF: What is your favorite thing about Saddle Brook High School so far?

DS: The kids!!! The students have been so welcoming and nice.

FF: Tell us about the last book you read.

DS: It was called Popular: The Power of Likability in a Status-Obsessed World by Mitch Prinstein. It was about how being nice, connecting with others by listening, and

getting along with people can lead you to have success in life. It was also about how people in high school who have a lot of power, but who are mean tend to not be successful later in life.

FF: What is a favorite quote of yours and what does it mean to you?

DS: “When you judge another, you reveal an unhealed part of yourself.” It means that when you are judgmental of someone else, it is perhaps because you have insecurities about that same thing. I like to remind myself of this. Awareness is the first step in changing your behavior.

Jonathan Lee, High School Mathematics

FF: Where did you attend college and what did you study?

JL: Rice University - Biology, Columbia University - Actuarial Science (Masters)

FF: Tell us about one or more hobbies that you enjoy.

JL: I enjoy golf, video games, and anime.

FF: Tell us about what motivated you to become a teacher.

JL: I think there's nothing more rewarding than having a positive effect on a person's life. I hope that what I teach will help my students make better decisions in their futures.

FF: What job would you have if you were not a teacher?

JL: I'd like to be a professional athlete, but that's not going to happen. Instead, I would likely be a business leader, either self-employed or for a small/medium-sized company. I'm pretty good with numbers and value teamwork to accomplish goals. I'd want to be in charge of a company where I could name everyone who worked for me.

New Teacher Profiles