Get to know: New assistant principal and long-time social studies teacher

This year, Highland Park has a new assistant principal for grades 11th and 12th. This is Abdisalam Adam’s first year as being an assistant principal. Before becoming an assistant principal, Mr. Adam was an administrative intern. He was also an ELL teacher for over twenty years.

I asked Mr. Adam what he found to be easiest about his job as an assistant principal. What he found to be easy is being able to meet people of different backgrounds. There are many students, staffs, and families from diverse backgrounds, and with his love of getting to know different languages and cultures, he finds it easiest to connect with people. Mr. Adam says that he feels like the whole world is here.

I also asked him what he found to be the hardest part of being an assistant principal. Mr. Adam says the most difficult part of his job is that so many things are happening all at the same time, to which he has to constantly be ready for action at any time.

What Mr. Adam enjoys the most, is being able to greet students and staff in the morning as they start the day.

Out of school, Mr. Adam likes to volunteer for organizations to help people in need.

Along with Mr. Adam, I also interviewed David Zeitchick, or commonly known as Mr. Z. Mr. Z has been teaching for 20 years. He first started out as an aid, and continued for 7 years before becoming a teacher.

Mr. Z says he does not recall why he started teaching or how he got into it, it sort of just happened.

Mr. Z teaches Sociology, African American Studies, Current Events, and US Government.

He’s been at Highland for the last 22 years, making him the second longest serving teacher here.

Outside of school, Mr. Z enjoys coaching, hanging out with his dog, working out, and just doing anything with his family.

 

 

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