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Friday Faces: Upper Middle School

*UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2014*

This week we have our returning Upper Middle School teachers for 2014-15, and here are their answers from last year's Friday Faces:

Sarah Weinschenk

Upper Middle School Latin Teacher (both tracks),

High School Latin Teacher

Q: What is your degree in?

A: BA and MA in Latin

Q: What was your last job before your SLOCA life?

A: My last job was teaching homeschool Latin classes in my dining room.

Q: What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

A: The first thing I do in the morning is feed the cats.

Q: What is your favorite local restaurant?

A: My favorite local restaurant is Mama's Meatball.

Q: What was your favorite book when you were a child?

A:  It is hard to choose a favorite book from childhood – I loved so many.  I guess I would have to say the Little House books and Marguerite Henry's horse books.

Q: What is your favorite piece of literature that we've read at SLOCA? 

A:  It is also difficult to choose a favorite book from SLOCA. I'll say Black Ships Before Troy.

AnnE Lorenzen

Upper Middle School Logic Teacher (both tracks)

Q: What is your degree in?

A: I don't have a degree. I was a nursing major and psychology minor.  So how did I get into logic?  I was always asking, “Why?”  I had six years of classical Latin, from 6th through 12th grade.  Through that I was introduced to the classics.  I have always been a voracious reader. So I read Plato and Socrates, The Art of Rhetoric by Aristotle.  I still have their books piled up at home and I still read them.

Q: What was your last job before your SLOCA life?

A: I was a youth minister for junior high and high school students here in San Luis Obispo for 17 years.  I worked with Special Ed at San Luis Obispo High School.  I've also been teaching a College For Kids class on argument every summer since 2000 at Cuesta College.

Q: What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

A: I say, “Good morning!” to my guardian angel, his name is Dwayne.  Then I think about the students I am going to be teaching today and I start playing out in my mind what they will say, and I get excited!

Q: What is your favorite local restaurant?

A: That's hard to answer.  For Italian I like Viene Vai in downtown SLO, my friends own it and I dine there frequently.  I also like Goshi's Japanese Restaurant in The Creamery and The Cass House in Cayucos, my nephew is the chef there, it's very fancy and very good.

Q: What was your favorite book when you were a child?

A: I had many, but The Curtain of Mist by M. Pardoe is probably my favorite.  I am re-reading it now.  It's out of print but a SLOCA family found a copy for me last year.  I also loved Heidi, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Hans Brinker Or The Silver Skates, and Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Q: What is your favorite piece of literature that we've read at SLOCA? 

A: So many… The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare, The Golden Goblet, Mara Daughter of the Nile…

Tony Taylor

Upper Middle School Algebra Teacher (Track B),

High School Trigonometry, Foundation of Calculus, and
Mathematical Thinking Teacher, 
and A4/B4 Drama Teacher

Q: What is your degree in?

A: Philosophy (with mathematics minor)

Q: What was your last job before your SLOCA life?

A: Teaching Acting/Alexander Technique at the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts

Q: What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

A: Write down my dreams 

Q: What is your favorite local restaurant?

A: Chipotle 

Q: What was your favorite book when you were a child?

A: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Q: What is your favorite piece of literature? 

A: Can I have two? Winnie-The-Pooh by A A Milne and The Brother's Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Upper Middle School teachers featured elsewhere:

Paige Bartel

LMS Science Teacher (Track B), Algebra Teacher (Track A),

and A4 Math Lab Teacher

Heidi Frago

Lower Middle School and Upper Middle School Science Teacher (both tracks),

Pre Algebra Teacher (both tracks), and B4 Math Lab Teacher

Guy Kinnear

Lower Middle School, Upper Middle School, and High School Art Teacher

Steven Sarwine

Upper Middle School History/Literature Teacher (both tracks)

It’s fun to learn more about our teachers – thank you for sharing yourselves with us! 

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