Before Ms. Nguyen came to Costa Mesa, she was studying at UCI. Last year she was also a TA for Mrs. Ayala in Spanish, which is the subject she is currently teaching. Her hobbies include traveling around and doing arts and crafts, however her favorite outside-of-school activities are working out physically and going to Disneyland. Her favorite subject in school when she was a student was World History and she describes herself as being generous and hard working. One silly thing she would like to share is one time during the middle of class she tripped over one of the cords to the projector and sardonically exclaimed, “I’m going to die.” When asked about her feelings towards the upcoming and current school was that so far “it’s a pretty good year,” and “students are eager to learn overall." She hopes that in the future, “students will be willing to speak and converse and do a lot of fun activities.” So if you have the time, swing on by to room 171 to speak to one of the new teachers in the Spanish department.
Also like Ms. Nguyen, Mr. Olive studied at UCI and was a TA for Mr. Serio’s science classes last, which is what he teaches now. Some of Mr. Olive’s hobbies include hiking new trials and nature paths, cooking, collecting superhero novelties, and his favorite, working out at the gym. His favorite subject in school was biology and chemistry and he describes himself as mellow, social, dedicated, friendly and approachable. One silly story he would like to share is how last year when talking about genetics, a student asked him what he would name his child if he had one. The name Mr. Olive gave, Comotu, made it seem to the student like he said "after you" when it wasn’t the case. When asked about his views on the school year so far and about the future, he replied that “he loved it, it's a great school,” and that hopefully he’ll “still be here and teaching.” He “loves his students.” If you need help in science, or just want to hear more about the meaning behind his future child’s name, visit room 146.
Before Mrs. Deland worked here at Costa Mesa, she was actually a teacher at Saddleback Unified, and has overall taught for 15 years. At Mesa, she teaches kids with autistic behavior. Some of her hobbies include camping and golfing and her favorite, hiking. Her favorite subject in school was biology and life science in general. She describes herself as optimistic and the happy go-lucky kind of person. One silly story she would like to share is that in the past, she took surf lessons. However, as much as she tried, she never got up on the board. When asked about her views on the past month and the future Costa Mesa, she said, “it seems like an amazing place, a positive and supportive campus,” in which she hopes “brings good things and a good atmosphere.” If you want to know more about Mrs. Deland’s backstory and more on her surf lessons, have a conversation with her in room E-191.
Mrs. Henderson is a new teacher in the Foreign Language department, like Mrs. Nguyen, and also teaches Spanish. Before she came here, she worked at the Anaheim Union High School District and got her bachelors at Cal State Fullerton. Activities she likes to do include watching foreign movies, traveling, and her favorite, exploring new areas whether they are far or local. Her favorite subjects include any kind of math, physiology, and microbiology. She describes herself as organized, responsible, pushed to the extremes, and encourages students to have goals in life. As ironic as it is, one silly fact about Mrs. Henderson that she would like to share is how sometimes when she is speaking, she mixes up Spanish and English. For example: if she needs to explain something Spanish in English, she would continue to speak Spanish, and vice-versa. When talking about Costa Mesa so far and her vision towards the future, she held the opinion of how it was “better than expected,” and sees “every year to be better.” You can find Mrs. Henderson in room 272.
Although this is only four of the nine new teachers, at least you have a taste of what the new school year has for its students, and a good attitude of the future prosperity that the teachers hope to bring to Costa Mesa High School.