Besides the new schedule changes, the buzz around Red Lion has been focused on two new teachers: Mr. D’orazio, the new assistant principal, and Mrs. Cozzens, the new English teacher. They both sat down with the Leonid for informative interviews. Many students at Red Lion High School are wondering who exactly the new assistant principal is or who the new english teacher is in D219. Mr. Scott D’orazio and Mrs. Cozzens decided to sit down with the Leonid for a very informative interview.
The Leonid: To start, what is your school background?
Mr. D’orazio: I went to West Virgina University, got my masters at McDaniel College, and am currently doing doctoral work at Immaculata University.
The Leonid: How do you expect to get to know your students?
Mr. D’orazio: Talking with and interacting with them during lunch, interacting between classes, and in the halls.
The Leonid: Management style when approached with discipline issues?
Mr. D’orazio: Firm, but firm on an individual basis. We all make mistakes. Taking that into consideration, it is my job to keep a safe learning environment.
The Leonid: Any interest outside of school?
Mr. D’orazio: I’m a big sports fan, as far as football I’m a Pittsburg Steelers Fan. I like to go to concerts, ride my motorcycle, and I am real outdoorsy. I like to hike.
The Leonid: Number one goal this school year?
Mr. D’orazio: [jokingly] Not
to get lost! [Also] Getting to know who we are at Red Lion.
The Leonid: What’s one message you want to send out to your students?
Mr. D’orazio: That their learning is my number one priority, and that I firmly believe that.
The Leonid: What is your schooling background?
Mrs. Cozzens: I went to school for art, photography, and travel. Three years back I decided to go back to school at Millersville for my PSB.
The Leonid: What are your interests outside of school?
Mrs. Cozzens: Nature and gardening.
The Leonid: Favorite reading genre?
Mrs. Cozzens: Nonfiction; short stories. My personal favorite is To Kill A Mockingbird, classic. Books on nature and culture.
The Leonid: Five adjectives to describe yourself?
Mrs. Cozzens: Calming, open minded, genuine, positive and sensitive.
The Leonid: Biggest challenge you see in kids today?
Mrs. Cozzens: Pressure of getting good grades, pressure of fitting in, and pressure over all.
The Leonid: What is your classroom management?
Mrs. Cozzens: Relaxed, give the kids their space. To earn their respect and set clear expectations. I don’t want to be a Hitler in the classroom!
The Leonid: What is one goal you hope to accomplish this year?
Mrs. Cozzens: To have one of my students verbally tell me that I had made an impact on their life, then I’ll know that this year was truly a success.
Ryan Small - English
Jill Kling - English
Jesse Shay - Social Studies
Lauren Arvanites - Math
Lottie Smith - Guidance
Mike Teixeira - Math
Tina Funke - English
Deb Kline - Learning Support
Denise Wagner - English Support