Interview with Mr. Tornek

Interview with Mr. Tornek

Magdalena Galindo, Staff Writer

1) Why did you become a teacher?

I became a teacher in order to improve our community by helping young people realize their full potential.

2) What do you like about teaching?
Teaching means guiding students through learning and growing, using their minds.
3) Who is your most memorable class? (year)
I remember substitute teaching seniors at Muir when I was 21 years old.
4) What is it like teaching 2 different AP classes, which do you prefer?
World History and Capstone Seminar are quite different, and I really enjoy them both. World History has a set curriculum, content that is set by the College Board, and I do my best to focus students on the most important aspects of it.Seminar is wide open, content wise, but there are crucial researching, reasoning, analysis, and collaboration skills which must be developed.
5) What is your favorite history topic/ person in history?
 I have been learning about World War II since before I could read.
6) How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Father. Husband. Son.
7) Where would you like to travel to?
Israel.
8) Why is history in your opinion valuable to students and people in general?
A collective memory, and being able to learn from it, is what makes us humans.
9) What is your favorite sports team/ do you still support your college sports team?
I support UCLA, the learning institution, that happens to have some pretty good student athletes as well. I am a third generation Dodgers fan, so I understand suffering as well.
10) Does pineapple belong on pizza?
Not for me, it does not.