Written by: Makanalei Kaeo
If you were a junior taking AP Language and Composition last year you had Jeremy Perkowski. It is no secret as to why he is not around anymore. He packed up shop and headed down south to Texas with his family. So now the question is, who’s the new Ap Lang teacher? The answer is Marc Fontanarosa.
Fontanarosa formally taught English Pre-AP before he took over for Perkowski. He taught the class that would propel the students into AP Lang he thought of it as an extension.
“It was the Pre-AP class and it was to prepare them for that class (AP Lang),” said Fontanarosa.
Perkowski and Fontanarosa are said to have very similar teaching styles in the way that they would not baby their students or hold their hands through the course. They were very tough on their kids and made sure never to sugar coat anything and that’s another reason as to why he was a perfect fit for the position.
“I’m starting off with a little bit of an advantage just because I know them and I have an idea of their strengths and weaknesses,” said Fontanarosa.
It is a very high possibility that if you had Fontanarosa for Pre-AP in 10th grade you would have him again in 11th grade for AP Lang. This is why he feels that he has an advantage because he has taught this students before and so he knows them well enough to know how they will succeed in the class.
Every AP teachers goal is to have their students take the AP exam and it’s no different for Fontanarosa. His hopes for this year is to have his kids take the test and do well on it.
“Big shoes to fill. He did a great job and I hope I can step up and do as good a job as him,” said Fontanarosa when asked about the pressure of taking over for Perkowski.
Fontanarosa sees this opportunity as a chance to grow and shoot higher. It can be scary going into a new position such as this one but Liberty Patriots will be cheering for his success this year!