By Shania Kuo
With the retirement of Mrs.Vigliotti, the former teacher of ninth grade English Honors and College Writing, students eagerly awaited to see who would take her place. Here, Dr. Deidre Faughey steps in to teach Oyster Bay High School’s students the knowledge she attained as a graduate from Bard College with a Masters degree in English. She also earned her doctorate in teaching and curriculum from Teacher’s College, Columbia University.
A former editor at a publishing house, Dr. Faughey stated she followed her heart to pursue teaching, something she loves more than selling books. Bringing in a perspective on books most other English teachers are unable to provide, Dr. Faughey hopes to show students the collaboration that comes with each literary creation. Her aim this year is to bolster student confidence by narrowing the seemingly huge gap between authors and students.
Although she is keeping to the curriculum, Dr. Faughey is stirring up the English classroom setting that is tied in with traditional methods. With students invested in technology and social media in the 21st century, she hopes to introduce both in her lessons to keep students engaged. After all, as Dr. Faughey states, “When students are having fun, there’s less time to be distracted.”
In tune with Oyster Bay’s investment in the arts and music, Dr. Faughey is also a serious musician and a songwriter, which she correlates with English as creative masterpieces.
Despite not being in Oyster Bay for long, Dr. Faughey has already involved herself with school activities such as this year’s fall production of Romeo and Juliet, alongside Dr. O’Hara.
With a smooth transition thus far, and the welcoming atmosphere of Oyster Bay students, Dr. Faughey is eager to become familiar with the student body. Although students will miss Mrs. Vigliotti’s red pen as she enjoys teaching as an adjunct professor at LIU Post, Dr. Faughey is more than capable of success in the classroom here at Oyster Bay High School.