By Maria Valente--Journalism Student
Most students who attend ALJ usually do not return to the school to pursue a career. However, there are a few teachers who attended the school and returned to work with a new generation of students. For example, Ms.Celso attended ALJ as a student and later returned to be the school’s librarian. Its different to see the education students are getting through the eyes of a student versus a teacher or school employee. “Over the years since I was a student here things have changed educationally for students having more technology” Ms.Celso stated as she went on to explain how she felt how in ten years from now, students at ALJ will have more advanced technology. Technology plays a strong role in education; for instance one generation will be writing research papers and gathering their information from textbooks, compared to the next generations who use the Internet and online databases to find information to type their paper.
Ms.Celso actually has an experience working with people who she once had as teachers, which most students don’t get. “When I went to school here, some of the teachers I had included Mr. Marcin, Ms.Donaldson, Mr.Silber, Ms.Vaccari, and Mr.Corby.” Ms.Celso went on to list teachers she had that currently teach at Johnson.
Over the years there has been a few changes in the school, including the most recent change of block scheduling. She believes the block scheduling has a few good benefits to it including students receiving an activity period and also longer classes. “Part of what I do on a daily basis is to plan activities for students to participate in during their activity period,” said Ms.Celso. This year, multiple college representatives have recruited in the library during both activity periods to inform students about their programs and help plan the futures of ALJ students. Ms. Celso states, “I would love to start a book club here at ALJ. Reading is so important, it helps students learn from multiple perspectives”. She mentions that reading articles, magazines, and books can help students learn literature from different perspectives.
This article was produced by the Journalism class as part of a series on new teachers and staff at ALJ. Look for more articles in the coming weeks.