Faculty Feature: Mrs. Monica Danny

By Student Reporter Jeffrey T.

Recently I had the opportunity to sit down and talk to Mrs. Danny, one of the English teachers at Sage Day Rochelle Park. Besides teaching English, she also runs the Reading Club and is a faculty advisor in the Peer Mediation program.

JT: What made you decide to teach at a school like Sage?

MD: I like the fact that it’s a small school because it allowed me to get to know my students better and to give them my individualized attention. I liked that it was a collegial atmosphere where I got to interact with the other teachers and staff members, and the small school atmosphere really allows for everyone to work closely together and to help each other.

JT: When did you start working here?

MD: I started here in September of 2007.

JT: Have you ever taught at a public school?

MD: Yes, I taught in public school for seven years before I came here.

JT: Where did you go to college, and what did you study?

MD: I studied English at Montclair State University.

JT: What do you like to do when you’re not teaching?

MD: I like to read, I like to spend time with my family, and I like to take long walks.

JT: If you were not a teacher, what would you like to do?

MD: I would probably be a real estate agent because I like working with people, and I was always interested in real estate and looking at homes and pricing and showing them.

JT: As an English teacher, do you have a favorite book to teach?

MD: There are actually a few I like to teach, but I think my favorite is Romeo and Juliet because the students tend to enjoy it, and we go back and forth between the play and the film and it really makes it come alive. Then we see the play after, and the students get to act out different scenes, which makes it fun.

JT: Is there anything you want people to know about the club you run?

MD: The reading club is just sort of a combination of quiet time, where you curl up with a good book, and sometimes the students discuss and swap books, though I don’t force them to do that. The students often just like to have the quiet time to themselves.

JT: How did you get involved in working with peer mediation?

MD: When I first started here, I had an associate named Ms. Morelatos, and she was involved in peer mediation, and she told me about the program, and I became very interested. When she left, I was happy to be able to take over in the program.

JT: Do you plan to keep teaching at Sage for a long time?

MD: Definitely.