By Ella R.
Ms. Connolly is a second year U.S. History II teacher at Duxbury High School. 2015 was her first year teaching and she has already made an impact on many of the seniors and juniors that have had her. Senior Paige H. said, “Ms. Connolly was such a great teacher, she made history one of my favorite classes last year.”
On December 6th, I sat down with Ms. Connolly and she was so kind as to answer my questions.
Where did you go to school?
I went to the University of Richmond as an undergrad and and then I got my masters at Tufts.
What did you major in?
I was a double journalism and history major, with a little religion minor thrown in just for funsies and then my masters is in teaching history
What is your favorite aspect of teaching?
I love getting to talk about history all day and getting to talk to high schoolers.
Do you have a favorite time period of history or a favorite history subject?
When it is me, myself, I like studying European history better but I love teaching U.S. history the most. I love doing the Civil War, I love doing reform movements, I love doing the Women’s Rights Movements, all that stuff is awesome.
What made you want to become a teacher?
I am a historian first, I think, that is really important to me, that I get to do that all day. That I get to help shape you guys as historians, but also you just never know what you’re walking into. So much is based off of you guys and and what you guys bring into the room, it is what makes it so fun, but also I am a fourth generation teacher in my family so we go way back.
Do you have any hobbies?
I do, I love to do things like similar to what you guys like to do, like I like to hang out with my friends, I love to read, I do a lot of things with my family. My youngest sister is your age, she’s in high school, so I do a lot of things with her, I see her dance competitions, and things like that.
Senior Jeff S. said, “Ms Connolly is the absolute best. She presented her lessons in a great, easy to understand manner and we had a variety of projects and papers to do in that class, it was one of my favorite classes last year. I totally hope she stays at DHS.”