Today, we are continuing our introductions of our long term substitutes at BFA. We are fortunate to have two outstanding educators working in our middle school this winter.
Charlie Wise will be teaching English Language Arts in the seventh grade for the remainder of the year while Emily Wills is on sabbatical.
Where is your hometown? St. Petersburg, Florida
Where did you go to college? For my undergraduate work, I went to the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL where I received a bachelor of science in Psychology. Later, I received my teaching certification through the Teacher Apprenticeship Program at Champlain College.
What were you doing before coming to BFA? Last year, I taught 5-6 grade ELA and Global Citizenship at Berkshire Elementary School. Before break this year, I was long term subbing at SATEC in St. Albans teaching LA and Social Studies.
What is your favorite school subject? Ancient history and English composition
What is your favorite food? What a hard question! Right now, Massaman curry.
Any interesting facts about you that you’d like to share? I have a 2 1/2 year old daughter.
What do you like to do outside of school? I like to play soccer 2-3 times a week. I also like to read fantasy and science fiction as well as hiking with my dog Piper!
What are your first impressions of BFA? Fairfax is such a scenic, beautiful community
Pierre Charles has been working as our 8th grade mathematics teacher since before the holiday break. He will be with us until February break.
Where is your hometown? I was born and raised in Haiti. I came to the United States in 1996. I am a medically retired police officer from Washington, DC. I currently reside in Plattsburgh, NY, about 30 miles on the New York side of Lake Champlain.
Where did you go to college? I obtained my Associates Degree and Bachelor of Science degree at the City University of New York in 2001 and 2003 respectively. I completed a master of art degree in criminal justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
What were you doing before coming to BFA? Before I joined BFA Fairfax Middle School, I was a long term sub at Burlington High School.
What is your favorite school subject? My favorite school subject is math although I have a passion for social studies and political science.
What is your favorite food? My favorite food is any combination of chicken, potato, salad and rice.
Any interesting facts about you that you’d like to share? Some interesting facts about me are: I have a daughter who is in 6th grade and I was a police officer.
What do you like to do outside of school? Outside of school, I like to spend time with my daughter, I read the news everyday and sports columns about basketball and baseball.
What are your first impressions of BFA? My first impression of BFA is WOW! I really like the school, the staff is very friendly and supportive. I do feel at home and would welcome an opportunity teach at BFA long term. I like the students, they respond to me and I feel like I connect with them.
Welcome to BFA, Charlie and Pierre!