November Teacher Q+A Part One- Mr. Adatto

Mr. Adatto

The Q+A- two student, two teachers, each month. This month we sat down with math teacher Mr. Alberto Adatto.

Conducted by Leigh Jacobson


Common misconception about teachers: That we are only passionate about the subject we teach.

Most creative gift, given or received: Took my wife on a hot air balloon ride.

Movie you’ve seen the most: Wizard of Oz.

Book you’ve read most: Its probably a tie between “Where the Wild Things Are,” “Thomas Percy and the Dragon,” “Frida,” a book on the life of Frida Kahlo. All favorites of my daughter.

Fictional character you identify with: This is probably the most difficult question on this questionnaire. I can’t think of anyone in particular but one that goes through a process of exploration in a foreign land. I really like the works of Orhan Pamuk, Herman Hesse and Cormac McCarthy.

Obsolete item you won’t trash: A hand drill. No batteries, no cables. It is awesome.

What you wanted to be at age 10: A doctor because I had messy handwriting.

Student pet peeve: Asking for a Lishma session during the first 5 minutes of a lesson.

Procrastination technique: I don’t procrastinate, I just work very well under pressure. A lot of pressure.

Secret hobby: I can’t tell you.

Favorite historical figure: Steve Prefontaine.

Favorite piece of art in your home/anywhere: My home has a lot of art made by my wife and friends. I love it all.

Movie star you always wanted to be: The thought has never crossed my mind.

Favorite gadget: Hands down, my iPhone.

Topic you love but won’t discuss at a party: Cooking.

The last meal you had: Pizza.

Funniest English word(s): Besides asymptote?

Most memorable teaching experience: I don’t remember.

Most-visited website, why:, great recipes for toddlers and adults.

Favorite cancelled-too-soon TV show: Deadwood and Rome.

Most beloved/interesting item at your office desk: My daughter’s art work.