Staff Spotlight - Mrs. Iarussi - 9/9/19
Title: 11th and 12th History and Government Teacher
Interviewed By - Kaley Toth - Social Media Communications
How long have taught at Lowellville What made you want to become a teacher? I have taught at Lowellville for 15 years. After graduating from high school, I pursued a degree in Criminal Justice for 4 years with a plan to go to law school right after. Then the summer after my 4th year I started coaching basketball and realized that I wanted to work with children. I changed my major and went back to get a degree in education. I don’t regret that decision at all, not one bit!
If you could choose any other career would you change? I would love to work with dogs in some capacity, maybe running a rescue shelter.
What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to students and the classroom? Any student who has had me knows that students being tardy to my class drives me CRAZY!
Do you like having summer vacations? Yes of course! I think teachers are more excited than the students!
What is the biggest thing you do to make an impact on a student's life? I try to take the time to get to know my students on a personal level. I want to learn more about their likes, dislikes, sports/activities, hobbies, families, and goals. I hope they know that when they graduate, I’m still going to be there for them. I try to live by the motto: We don’t teach content, we teach students.
Did you learn the same concepts when you were in high school as you are teaching now? I always liked all of my social studies classes in high school but honestly I think I liked math the best.
What is the most memorable moment that ever happened in your class? Oh my so many great moments over 20+ years. Hmmm...I guess it would have to be any time that Mr. Dercoli decided to randomly pop in and create chaos!
What are your hobbies outside of the classroom? I like working out (I should do it more often), spending time with my two dogs, binging on Crime Junkie (a podcast), and watching true crime TV shows on Investigation Discovery.
What is rewarding to you about your job? Seeing the journey and growth in our students as they go from awkward 7th graders to confident and excited graduates ready to go out into the world.
Who is or was your biggest role model? I had an amazing professor at YSU (Dr. Randy Hoover) who had a huge impact on what I do and the way I see teaching. He has since passed away but professionally I wouldn’t be who I am today without his influence.
What advice would you give to a student that is struggling in high school? Don’t be afraid to ask others for help--it’s a sign of strength not weakness. And never ever give up.
What made you decide that you wanted to work at Lowellville Local Schools? Who wouldn’t want to teach in our district? We have outstanding students and parents who care and are involved. It’s a great place to be.
How many years have you been a teacher? 21 years
What inspired you to become a teacher? After graduating from high school, I pursued a degree in Criminal Justice for 4 years with a plan to go to law school right after. Then the summer after my 4th year I started coaching basketball and realized that I wanted to work with children. I changed my major and went back to get a degree in education. (I don’t regret that decision at all, not one bit!)
How would you describe your teaching style? Engaging, interactive with students, discussion-based, and supportive. I love to challenge students and their ideas in order to develop their critical thinking skills.