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New Teacher Feature: Mrs. Fons


Tosa East looks a lot different this year with all the new faces on our staff. This interview will give you a look into the life of one of our new AP Human Geography and American Public Policy teacher, Mrs. Fons. 


How long have you been a teacher? Where have you taught previously?

This is going to be my eleventh year as a teacher. I taught at a catholic middle school for five years, then I taught for another five years at Greenfield middle school. There, I taught social studies five times a day for seventh graders.


Why did you choose this career; More specifically, this subject?

I was always a huge social studies nerd in high school, so I really love social studies. I think it’s the most important subject. You need to have an understanding of where you live and how your society functions, as well as an understanding of the good aspects of society, along with bad things that need to be fixed. I think it’s really important to become a critical thinker in order to change the world for our future.”


What is your favorite part about teaching?

My favorite part about teaching is preparing simulations and making it come to life in class. My other favorite thing is when we do debates and discussions, because I really enjoy hearing students’ voices and seeing how their brains work. I love seeing students become young adults that are able to speak up and make changes.


What is one of your most memorable teaching moments?

I would say something that is really unique that most middle schools don’t do anymore, is overnight trips. At one of the schools I previously worked at, we would do horseback riding, ropes courses, and other activities at Phantom Lake. It was really cool to put learning to the side and partake in great team building activities.


What are some of your favorite hobbies outside of school?

I play tennis. During the first month of this school year, I was taking lessons after school once a week. I also really like watching the Packers, I never miss a game. I enjoy baking and cooking at home as well. My favorite type of food to make is Italian food.


So far, what is your favorite thing about the East?

I really like teaching high schoolers. High schoolers are way better than middle schoolers. Middle schoolers are a lot more energetic, while students here are like mini adults. It’s also way more fun to talk to high schoolers since we are seen more as equals.


What is your favorite movie?

I’m a big movie person and have a pretty big collection, so that’s a pretty hard question. I really like the Harry Potter series. I’m also really into historical dramas, like Pride and Prejudice.


Describe your perfect day

It would have to be during summer since I’m not working. Probably seeing one of my favorite artists at an outdoor concert in the summer, hanging out with friends, and going out to eat; all those things.


Who are some of your favorite music artists?

I like a lot of genres. This summer I saw Drake, which was the first hip hop concert I’ve ever been to. I’ve also seen the Weeknd and the Backstreet Boys several times since I really love them.


Portions of this interview have been edited for clarity

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