Meet Mrs. Orr

At Apex High School, we constantly have new teachers. Mrs. Orr is our new AP Calculus teacher here at Apex High School. She is very excited to be teaching here, and I had the privilege of interviewing her. Continue reading to learn more about Mrs. Orr.

Q: Where did you go to school?

A: I went to UNC for undergrad and NC state for my masters.

Q: Any pets or kids?

A: I have two  kids, a freshman in high school and a freshman in college. I have two  pets: a dog named Finley and a hamster named Theo. 

Q: What did you do before coming to Apex High?

A: I taught at Riverside High School in Durham and at Broughton High School in Raleigh.

Q: Why did you become a teacher?

A: In high school I got the Teacher fFellow scholarship, which is a full scholarship to college and you pay it back by teaching for four  years in a North Carolina school. Once I started teaching, I really loved it.

Q: Is there a reason why you choose math?

A: I think I was just good at it in high school, and I had decided I would do something with math. I am definitely not an English person.

Q: What are your thoughts about Apex so far?

A: I really love it! What I like about it is that the whole town rallies around the school, and there is a lot of school spirit.

Q: How does Apex compare to the other schools you have taught at?

A: It is less diverse than the other schools I taught at. However, my classes are more diverse than the other schools I taught at.

Q: What is your favorite movie or book?

A: I love Harry Potter; I’ve watched it a million times. My favorite year is the Order of the Phoenix.

Q: What are your hobbies outside of school?

A: I like to read, paddleboard, and hang out with my family.

Q: Any pet peeves in your classroom or in general?

A: My number one pet peeve is when students are disrespectful to each other.

Q: Have you received any awards?

A: Last year, I was voted favorite teacher at Broughton by the senior class. I have been nominated for Teacher of the Year a few times. 

Q: What were you like as a student?

A: In high school, I was that student who did everything right and was a goody two shoes. 

Q: Any advice you would give students?

A: You never know you can do it until you try.

Q: If you hadn’t been teaching what would you be doing now?

A: I think I would have done something in math, like accounting. I would have been bored to death behind a desk crunching numbers.

Q: Who was your biggest inspiration?

A: My grandmother was a kindergarten teacher and she was beloved; She was my inspiration.

Q: Would you ever teach at a college?

A: I thought early on I might enjoy that, but I would lose the relationship I would have with students, so I don’t think I would enjoy it.

We wish Mrs. Orr the best this year!

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