The Q+A- two student, two teachers, each month. This month we sat down with science teacher Mr. John Perkins.
Conducted by Leigh Jacobson
Common misconception about teachers: We eat dinner, watch TV, go to the movies, stay up late, play sports and many other things, just like you do!
Most creative gift, given or received: A mix tape (what would now be called a playlist) whose song titles spelled a message.
Movie you’ve seen the most: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.
Book you’ve read most: Steinbeck’s East of Eden.
Fictional character you identify with: Donatello (the Ninja Turtle, not the artist).
Obsolete item you won’t trash: Mix tapes and CDs.
What you wanted to be at age 10: A professional football player.
Student pet peeve: Asking “Will this be on the test?”
Procrastination technique: Make an agenda or action plan with personal due dates.
Secret hobby: Cooking.
Favorite historical figure: Mr. Alexander.
Favorite piece of art in your home/anywhere: Signed basketball by Mike Krzyzewski (Coach K).
Movie star you always wanted to be: Jon Stewart.
Favorite gadget: Golf ball cleaners at the beginning of each hole.
Topic you love but won’t discuss at a party: Why my cell phone is better than your smartphone, or Ninja Turtles.
The last meal you had: Homemade Veggie Fajitas.
Funniest English word(s): Fuchsia.
Most memorable teaching experience: While teaching physics in Georgia, I dressed up as a detective, made the classroom to be a crime scene and used an extensive group problem to identify which classmate shot a poison dart at Mr. Perkins.
Most-visited website, why: Slickdeals.net: Great deals on electronics.
Favorite cancelled-too-soon TV show: Arrested Development.
Most beloved/interesting item at your office desk: Picture of me with my wife Rachel and dog Bella.