November Teacher Q+A Part Two- Mr. Perkins

Mr. Perkins

The Q+A- two student, two teachers, each month. This month we sat down with science teacher Mr. John Perkins.

Conducted by Leigh Jacobson


Common misconception about teachers: We eat dinner, watch TV, go to the movies, stay up late, play sports and many other things, just like you do!

Most creative gift, given or received: A mix tape (what would now be called a playlist) whose song titles spelled a message.

Movie you’ve seen the most: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.

Book you’ve read most: Steinbeck’s East of Eden.

Fictional character you identify with: Donatello (the Ninja Turtle, not the artist).

Obsolete item you won’t trash: Mix tapes and CDs.

What you wanted to be at age 10: A professional football player.

Student pet peeve: Asking “Will this be on the test?”

Procrastination technique: Make an agenda or action plan with personal due dates.

Secret hobby: Cooking.

Favorite historical figure: Mr. Alexander.

Favorite piece of art in your home/anywhere: Signed basketball by Mike Krzyzewski (Coach K).

Movie star you always wanted to be: Jon Stewart.

Favorite gadget: Golf ball cleaners at the beginning of each hole.

Topic you love but won’t discuss at a party: Why my cell phone is better than your smartphone, or Ninja Turtles.

The last meal you had: Homemade Veggie Fajitas.

Funniest English word(s): Fuchsia.

Most memorable teaching experience: While teaching physics in Georgia, I dressed up as a detective, made the classroom to be a crime scene and used an extensive group problem to identify which classmate shot a poison dart at Mr. Perkins.

Most-visited website, why: Great deals on electronics.

Favorite cancelled-too-soon TV show: Arrested Development.

Most beloved/interesting item at your office desk: Picture of me with my wife Rachel and dog Bella.