It is my pleasure to introduce Amanda Lentino to the Waldwick community. Ms. Lentino will be teaching English 9, English 10 & Journalism. Ms. Lentino is going to be a great addition to the WHS Faculty.
I asked each new teacher to answer a few questions about themselves.
Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
I am originally from Brooklyn, but I moved to New Jersey when I was six years old. In high school, I ran cross country, indoor track and spring track, and I also played soccer. I attended Ramapo College with a major in Literature and a minor in Psychology. While at Ramapo, I had the opportunity to work as a writing tutor, a research assistant, and a supplemental instructor. This past year, I taught 9th grade English at Indian Hills High School, and I also served as the assistant track coach.
What made you choose education as a career?
I knew since the seventh grade that I wanted to be an English teacher. At that time, my sister was applying to colleges, and she decided that she was going to become a high school history teacher. This made me think about what I wanted to do in the future, and since I loved English class and had an amazing English teacher, I thought it would be a good career for me. I always knew that I wanted to work with children, and this seemed to be the perfect fit. While in college, I was fortunate enough to teach at-risk students through the Education Opportunity Fund program, and after my experience, I knew that I had chosen the correct career!
What appealed to you about Waldwick High School?
When I first stepped foot into Waldwick, everyone was extremely welcoming. I loved the small community and the hospitable work environment. I was also impressed with the amount of collaboration that I saw among the teachers, and it was evident that they all truly cared about their students' learning. I also liked that the middle school is connected to the high school. I did my student teaching in a similar school setting, and it was great having such a strong relationship with the middle school.
Tell us something interesting about yourself?
I love to run and work out! I am also a huge animal lover and if I weren't teaching, I would probably be working in an animal shelter or in a veterinarian's office.