Get to Know Mr. Norman!

1.) Where are you from, do you have any kids or pets, and are you married?

“I’m from Gates County, North Carolina. So really far East, North Eastern, Carolina. No, I’m not married, my landlord doesn’t allow pets, and no kids.”

2.) What college did you do to, and what degree did you get?

“I went to East Carolina University, and I got a degree in Business Education.”

3.) Why did you become a teacher?

“I became a teacher because my mother was a teacher, and she got me working with–I guess you could say–students at summer camps. I just got a love for education through there.”

4.) Why did you choose your subject area?

“I didn’t really choose Programming I, but it’s always something that I wanted to learn, and this was my opportunity to actually learn it.”

5.) What would your advice to students who don’t know what they want to be when they grow up?

“My advice would be [to] find something that they enjoy, and then go from there. I feel like it’s a lot easier to get up everyday for work if you actually enjoy doing what you’re doing. Don’t worry about the money and salary as much.”

6.) What are your thoughts about Apex, and what are your likes/dislikes? How does Apex compare to other schools?

“I haven’t been in many schools. The only schools I’ve been in is my hometown school, and the school that I did my internship at. But so far I like Apex, it’s a lot bigger than what I’m used to. I come from a little four hundred person school, so it’s a little shock for that. Yeah, but it’s great. Everyone’s really friendly, so I like it so far.”

7.) What were you like as a student?

“As a student, actually, I wasn’t the best student. I’m not going to lie to you. I wouldn’t do my homework, or I’d try to do my homework before class that day during lunch. So, I sort of sympathize with kids who don’t exactly do their homework at home because I remember how that was. But I really changed during college. It sort of was a shock, and it woke me up, so I became a better student then. I actually learned how to study, and things of that nature.”

8.) What advice would you give to students?

“My advice would be prepare ahead. Stay ready, so that you don’t have to get ready. Ask for help. No question is a dumb question. And ask for help if you’re feeling lost.”

9.) If you weren’t teaching, what would you be doing?

“That’s a good question. If I weren’t teaching, I’d probably be in some business office answering phone calls, being bored every day.”

10.) What do you think your students think of you?

“Hopefully they think I’m fair. I try to treat everyone the same. I try my best to help if I see [that] they’re struggling.”

11.) Who is or has been an inspiration to you?

“Like I said, my mom. She’s probably been the biggest inspiration. She’s actually a principal now, so I sort of have these principles and her making sure that I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing every day.”

12.) What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

“Cookies and Cream, but I feel like it’s a common answer.”

13.) What are your hobbies?

“I play sports, so basketball [and] soccer. I collect sneakers, and I play some video games.”

14.) If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be?
“Any animal? Let’s see, what wouldn’t kill me? A toucan.”

15.) If you were stranded on an island, what are the three things that you’d bring with you?”

“Probably water. I’d need a cell phone, so that I could call for help, if that works. And [lastly], I’d need food.”

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