Together Again in the Classroom

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

This year, there's something special to be said for the teaching duo of Matthew Hiller and Judy Fedinick, Second Grade teachers. Close to 20 years later, they are both together again in the classroom but this time their relationship is as peers, not as teacher-student. Mrs. Fedinick taught Matthew in First Grade. We recently sat down for a question and answer session with Mr. Hiller and his answers are shared below:

What year did you graduate? I graduated in 2007, when the school was called St. Anne's Day School. 

When did you decide that you wanted to be a teacher? I didn't decide I wanted to be a teacher until about 4 years ago. When I was in middle school, I wanted to be a lawyer. I continued working towards that goal in high school and college, but I also worked in child care at the summer camp at St. Anne's School. Eventually, I decided that a career in law was not for me, and that I'd much rather devote my time to teaching. It feels good to be doing something that has a positive impact on the community.

What is a favorite memory from St. Anne's School? In Eighth Grade Language Arts, we would sometimes have mock trials for the villains in the novels we were reading. We each got to have our own specific role in the trial. When we had a trial for the narrator from "The Tell Tale Heart" by Edgar Allen Poe, I got to be the media. I had a digital recorder and I got to follow the witnesses and attorneys around as they prepared for the trial and interview them, and then I wrote articles about them. It was a fun way of learning more about the story while also developing the ability to write like a journalist.

Another favorite is the Friendly Beasts pageant. I loved it in Kindergarten and I still love watching it. I was one of the shepherds and I still remember my line.

Does walking through the door now feel the same compared to when you were a student? Although the campus has changed a bit since I was here, St. Anne's School absolutely has the same feel as it did when I was a student. The strong sense of community and the gifted, passionate faculty were the main factors that drew me back to St. Anne's School while I was looking for a place to begin my teaching career. The building has had some updates over the years, but the important things are all still the same.