Teacher of the week 10: Patrick Malloy
Teachers are real life superheroes. Every day, CHS teachers touch the lives of thousands of students, and their work extends beyond the boundaries of the classroom. To show appreciation for these teachers, the Crier asked students to identify teachers that have made a real impact in their lives. A new student and teacher will be featured each week.
This week, Meenakshi Dhamija, ‘18, nominated Spanish teacher Patrick Malloy.
Dhamija: Señor Malloy is not only a teacher to me, but also one of the greatest friends you can possibly have. With his humor and funny personality, his class is anything but boring. His classes contain the best atmosphere for students to learn and understand any material taught to us. He has been my inspiration to becoming a better person, and learning to always look toward the future.
Crier: What about Spanish and teaching is exciting to you?
Malloy: I always wanted to be a teacher, and I chose Spanish because I took it for the first time in ninth grade and really enjoyed it. I also took French, and I was two classes away from being able to teach that as well. But I love language because it’s something new to learn.
Crier: During college, did you ever study abroad?
Malloy: I spent junior year in Spain in the Universidad de Sevilla. The best way to learn is to immerse yourself into the culture. It was hard at first. For three months, I only spoke in infinitives. Instead of saying “Yo hablo,” I would say “Yo hablar.” I even kept a journal for practice. I look back at it and don’t even understand what I wrote, but it was all worth it.
Crier: What are some of your favorite shows and movies?
Malloy: My favorite show is “El Internado,” which is a Spanish drama about students at a fictional boarding school. I’d have to say a movie I enjoy very much is Adam Sandler’s “Billy Madison” because I love how funny it is.
Crier: How do you spend time with your family?
Malloy: I’m from Ohio, so all my family is there. Usually, I hang out with friends a lot, and we watch movies and play board games. My favorite games right now are Scrabble and Dominos. I learned from one of my friends that there is actually a strategy to Dominos, so I get really excited when we play now.
Crier: If you weren’t a teacher, what would you be?
Malloy: I’d see myself acting in movies, plays, or musicals. One of my favorite musicals is “Rock of Ages,” and my favorite shows are the “Cirque de Soleil” shows in Vegas. While I do love acting, I get to help with the plays and musicals at Conant, so by being a teacher, I get to teach and act.
To nominate a teacher who has made an impact in your life, click here.