You may know him for his suave suit and perfectly combed hair, but Mr. Torres isn’t just looks. The new ASB Advisor and English 9 teacher, originally from Pasadena, our neighboring city, is a very intriguing person. A Cal Berkley graduate whose parents attended USC and UCLA, Mr. Torres enjoys teaching for its “challenging and rewarding duties.” Aside from his joy of teaching students “new skills” this year, Mr. Torres is looking forward to a “productive and well organized” ASB.
For him, the most exciting event this year so far has been the Welcome Back Assembly. This was his favorite event so far because of ASB, Mr. Torres even said that “working with this group of students has made [him] appreciate how fortunate [he] is to teach in La Canada.”
This year, he is also looking forward to getting to know the staff on campus and learning the traditions of La Canada High School. In his classes this year, he is eager to “have lively discussions about literature.”
His classrooms, the ASB room and also his English 9 classroom, are newly decorated with low lighting and vibrant posters. His most talked about poster, though, is the handmade Batman insignia that hangs on the door to his classroom. Why does Mr. Torres like batman? He quickly answered, “As a kid, I appreciated how he would rely on his intellect and athleticism rather than supernatural abilities.”
Mr. Torres, a “newlywed and a homeowner without a garage,” also appreciated that Batman had a bat cave, a place isolated from the outside world, to go “tinker with things and get some alone time.”
The last question for Mr. Torres was why he didn’t have the florescent lights on in his classroom. His response was unexpected.
“The lamps provide enough light for students to write and also see the projector. The lamps also offer a coziness of home that I and my students enjoy. Fluorescents are cold and sterile and remind me too much of the hospital and DMV. The lamps, I feel, create a more welcoming environment.”