Naperville Central welcomes new staff members for the 2019-2020 school year

New staff member Rodney Ross shares a few facts about himself with the Central Times.

Emily Brodzinski, Staff Writer

Q: So you work in the Social Studies department, correct?

A: Correct.

Q: And what classes will you be teaching this year?

A: So I’m also in the Special Ed department. I’m teaching American Government and them I’m an aid for the rest of the day. So I teach American Government first period, and I help out in Special Ed for second through eighth period. 

Q: What is your educational background?

A: I went to college at North Central, where I got a degree in secondary education and history.

Q: What was your job prior to being at Central?

A: I actually used to sell shoes for a company called Johnson Murphy. They’re based out of Nashville but I worked in Oak Brook.

Q: What are your hobbies or interests outside of your work?

A: I like to play volleyball and hang out with my dogs. I also like to collect furniture, antique furniture.

Q: What inspired you to become a teacher?

A: I just wanted to work with other people, and I wanted to help and make a difference in other people’s lives. My first inclination was to go into social work. However, that changed and I switched paths to become a teacher, and so far I absolutely love it.

Q: What is your teaching philosophy and what can your students expect from you this year?

A: My students can expect to have their voices heard and their opinions valued. I also try my best to make it as low stress as possible for them.