By Lena Gluck
Mr. Pesqueira is the new head of the Social Studies, Career Technologies and Service Learning Departments at Oyster Bay High School. I sat down with Mr. Pesqueira to learn about his past experience in education and his future here at our school.
Mr. Pesqueira grew up in Medford and currently resides in Smithtown, NY. He attended Patchogue Medford High School and then Marist College, where he received his degree in History and Secondary Education. He continued on to Stony Brook University for graduate school, where he received his master’s in liberal studies. Mr. Pesqueira has also lived in Italy for six months, and he has been to approximately twenty-five countries!
Mr. Pesqueira has an extensive past in the education field. “I was a teacher for eight years, and I’ve worked in Manhattan and in the Bronx,” he revealed when talking about his previous experience.
When asked about the reason he wanted to start teaching, Mr. Pesqueira explained, “I had some really great social studies teachers, and they inspired me.” As a student, it is always great to hear that teachers can leave such a positive impact on a person’s life, and in Mr. Pesqueira’s life, the influence led him to become a school supervisor.
When asked about his greatest strengths, Mr. Pesqueira said, “I think I’m a good people person, and I genuinely care, so it’s easy for me to do things.” He also realizes that if someone genuinely cares, then he or she will be able to leave a greater impact on the people he or she meets. It is Mr. Pesqueira's hope that all students at Oyster Bay High School will benefit from his department.
When asked about his greatest professional achievement and what moment from his career makes him the proudest, he answered, “My greatest professional achievement was being named Teacher of the Year in New York City, and I’m proudest when I see a student who has struggled graduate and then go off to be successful.” Mr. Pesqueira shared this touching moment because high school can be hard for students, and watching those who struggled go on to do well and graduate gives him a sense of pride.
Mr. Pesqueira also noted that he hopes to make sure that all students are engaged in Social Studies classes and he wants to make sure they come to school every day excited to learn social studies. He added, “I feel like I have a lot to learn. I want to learn what I can do to get students more engaged.”
Oyster Bay High School is lucky to have Mr. Pesqueira as the new Social Studies, Career Technologies and Service Learning supervisor!
Welcome to OBHS, Mr. Pesqueira!