QRU? First year English teacher Lea Civiello

QRU? First year English teacher Lea Civiello

Nora Sanchez, online writer

Lea Civiello is a new English teacher for freshmen and sophomores at South Lakes.

What made you want to be a teacher, and have you always wanted to be one?

I decided I wanted to be a teacher when I was in the ninth or tenth grade. I used to tutor my brother and his friends and I loved that light bulb moment when they would finally “get it.” I love helping people learn and succeed. I also always enjoyed English and working with others, and teaching combines both. However, my favorite aspect of teaching is the relationships I form with my students. I love getting to know them and watching them grow.

Is there any literary figure you have looked up or who was/is your favorite?

I really like Jane Austen. One of my favorite characters is Elizabeth Bennet from “Pride and Prejudice.” I love that book, and I think Elizabeth is a great character. She’s intelligent, independent, and overcomes the many obstacles in her life. 

I’ve heard there’s a certain football team that you’re a big fan of. What team and why?

I am a big New England Patriots fan. I grew up in Annandale, Virginia, but my parents and entire extended family are from Massachusetts, so I grew up watching and rooting for New England sports teams. I love the Redskins, but Patriots are definitely my number one team.

How do you like South Lakes so far?

So far, I love South Lakes. Everyone is very friendly and helpful. The students and teachers seem to form great relationships, which is evident just walking down the hall in between classes. I think those relationships foster the happy and supportive atmosphere here at South Lakes, which is so important because it creates a positive and productive learning environment. I am happy to be here and am looking forward to a great year. Go Seahawks.