We are excited to welcome our new middle and high school teacher, Philip Nuñez! Mr. Nuñez will be teaching world history and English.
We decided to ask Mr. Nuñez some questions to get to know him better.
What made you want to become a teacher?
My first job was working as a counselor at Camp Wingmann in Avon Park. Sleep-away camp can really put you through the ringer, and I still think it is the hardest job I have ever had, but teaching sports, swimming, music, art, writing, and theater was where I found my forte. Then, while working at Holy Trinity in Melbourne, some of my students had fun nicknaming me Professor Nuñez and Phil-Nye-the-History-guy. I think I always knew I was meant to teach, but those experiences swayed me the most.
Why did you decide to work with students on the autism spectrum?
When my dad was in seminary, our big family was just getting by, so my mom ran a daycare. In just the third grade, I found myself tutoring a boy with shaken baby syndrome, another boy with AS and my own little brother who was diagnosed ADHD. I learned from my mom how to have patience and care for these individuals through the difficult times. My experience continued past these early years of course, but the progress those individuals made is my sort of compass.
How do you like your Paragon experience so far?
The team here is amazing. The helpfulness and acceptance of everyone is second only to their professionalism and dedication. I do not think I have ever felt so involved so quickly starting a new position.
What are you looking forward to over the next school year?
I had the opportunity to shadow here last May, so I have the benefit of knowing that we have some great students here, not something a lot of new teachers can say! I am excited to get into World History and keep up the reading pace after our great summer selections, A Castle in the Attic and The Outsiders. Right now, I am learning a lot about Paragon's culture and methods, and I am looking forward to having those tools as second nature.