Mr. Lively, the new social science teacher at La Cañada High School, teaches AP European History and World History for sophomores. He admitted that he wanted to become a history teacher ever since his high school years, and was always fond of the subject throughout elementary school. After noticing how much his own teachers loved their jobs, he decided that he would become a teacher too. Years later, he earned his bachelor’s degree at theUniversityofCalifornia,Los Angeles, and then proceeded to earn his master’s degree atOxfordUniversityinEngland. He then attended Cal State Fullerton to earn his education in teaching.
When asked about why he wanted to teach at La Cañada High School, he joked that it was because he was intrigued by the Justin Bieber fan club, and immediately wanted to become a part of it. In all seriousness, he stated that he was impressed by La Cañada High School’s commitment to success, both in academics and extra-curricular activities. He loves his students and their dedication to learning.
“You come in class, ask a question, and every single kid participates. If they’re not called on, they get mad,” he added. He also stated that his students always leave the classroom with a “Thank you, Mr. Lively!”
When Mr. Lively isn’t busy grading tests or assigning homework, he enjoys traveling, hiking, and watching football. “I watch football all day on Sundays, and all night on Thursdays and Mondays,” he stated.
Mr. Lively admitted that his experience at La Cañada High School has been incredible so far. He said that it was rewarding to come to a place where he knows that he is making a contribution to the students.
Throughout the interview, two if his students were present and were constantly laughing at his jokes and comments. It seems as if his students admire both his teaching and personality. It’s apparent that Mr. Lively will be an inspirational teacher who will continue to have a positive affect on his students.