June Edition

By Mrs. Giancola

With the final few weeks of the 2015/2016 school year approaching, the Teacher Confessions column wanted to reflect upon this passed year with two special year-end questions.

Question One: What final message would you like to send to our graduating class?

“Follow your hearts and do what makes you happy. Some of the wealthiest and famous people in the world still had part-time jobs as waiters and hostesses until their 30’s. Set goals and dreams, and reach for the starts to achieve them.”

-Ms. Di Domenico

“Just remember to enjoy life and always stay in the present moment. Of course just have fun. Love life and keep chasing your dreams.” – Mr. Gallo

“Your character stays with you for life, everything else is fluid.” – Ms. Marconi

“When you look in the mirror and ask ‘to be or not to be’ always choose to be and do it with grace and style!” – Mrs. Harrison

“Wishing all the graduates the best of luck in their future endeavors. I know you will all do great things!” – Ms. Sacco

“”You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so…. Get on your way!” Dr. Seuss” – Mrs. Della Mea

“be honest with yourselves, and a life full of happiness is possible…..” – Mr. Bellusci

“When you are out in the big, wide world, don’t underestimate the power of independent thought.  Trust and believe in yourselves.” – Mrs. Giancola


Question Two: How would you sum up your 2015/2016 school year in 3 words?

“Clarity, purpose and growth” – Mr. Gallo

“memorable, challenging, friendships” – Ms. DiBratto

“Full. Of. Surprises” – Ms. Nahirniak

“Count your blessings.” – Ms. Polisano

“Inspiring, challenging, rewarding” – Mr. Rightmyer

“Spirit, Tears, Joy” – Mrs. Della Mea


“fun, togetherness, caring” – Mr. Bellusci

“life-changing, laugh-filled, hopeful” – Mrs. Giancola



March Edition

By Mrs. Giancola

The sun beats down on your face as beads of sweat pool by your temples.  The sand between your toes, hot and grainy, is pleasantly reminiscent of childhood days at the beach.  You look around for a waiter, aching for something to quench your thirst.  He is nowhere to be seen. In fact, the beach in empty. Your eyes, darting up and down the beach, slowly begin to register what your mind is unwilling to: You are absolutely alone, deserted in fact, on an island. In the distance three figures slowly begin to emerge… who are those figures?





  1. Mr. Gallo – I will need 4 course meals in order to survive this ordeal.
  2. Mr. Ceccarelli – I will need to pump it up and work on my core to ensure survival
  3. Mr. Engson – he could provide the sound track to my time on the island



If I were stranded on a deserted island I would bring the following three colleagues:

Mrs. DiBratto because I know she would be able to use her creativity and cooking skills to find ingredients and make us delicious food so we wouldn’t starve.

Mrs. Corvinelli because I know she would be a great source of entertainment. No matter the situation she always knows how to put a smile on your face with her funny comments and hugs and kisses.

Mr. Bellusci because I know he would be able to find some way to get us off the island with all his creative and outlandish ideas.



Angeles – so he can MacGyver an escape/rescue

Esposito-Maclean – so we can grow food

Harrison – so if all else fails, we can kill ourselves laughing



Is “None of the Above” acceptable?  No offence.



I would definitely need some science teachers.

Mr. Fielder because of his knowledge of survival and science background in environmental studies.

Mr. Brooks, for sure, because of his hardcore outdoor living knowledge and survival techniques.

And of course Mrs. Harrison for her sense of humor, to teach us about the love of media, and to make us all laugh while we enjoy our time on the island.

I know how to cook so that is a bonus.


Answer key:

  • A- Harrison
  • B- Sacco
  • C- Kiss
  • D- Grump I mean Brooks 🙂
  • E- Gallo


Christmas Edition

By Mrs. Giancola

We stand in front of you every day, with inviting smiles, sleepy eyes and crisp, white shirts.  As we rant at the front of the class and your mind begins to conjure images of more exciting things, do you ever wonder what lies beneath the carefully curated outfits, styled hair and sneakers of your favourite teachers?

I thought so.

Sit back and relax as we delve into the deep dark psyche of the teachers who grace the halls of St. Michael.

See if you can match these confessions with their confessors.


  1. “Snakes…200%… I don’t know what it is but ever since I was small I was afraid of snakes.  I even would look at the bottom of my bed every night to make sure that there wasn’t a snake there and just for good measure, sleep curled up in a ball!!!  That’s changed now…but the fear of snakes is still there! LOL!”
  1. “Big roller coasters like Behemoth and Leviathan”
  1. “My biggest fear at this point is deciding when I am ready to leave teaching and take the next journey of my life
  1. “Heights!”
  1. “My greatest fear in life is not being here to witness all three of my children grown, healthy and happy.”
  1. “Sleeping in and missing First Period”
  1. “Being unprepared and small spaces”
  1. “My biggest fear is that I will walk in to school one day and have to teach a math class!  … Wait a second!  ..Oh, Coconuts!”
  1. “Michael Jackson’s Thriller!  lol!  I have always hated that video…freaks me right out!”
  1. “My biggest fears are birds (even little ones, but ESPECIALLY big ones) and the dark.”
  1. “My biggest fear in life is finding a dead body. I’m not even kidding. Maybe that’s why I don’t have a dog. It’s always those people, innocently taking their dogs for a walk who stumble upon the body. The whole premise of the movie “Stand by Me“…completely irrational!  Who wants to be the one to find a dead guy? Certainly not me!”


Answer Key

1. Mrs. Facciolo                   6. Ms.Nahirniak
4. Mr. Ceccarelli                  3. Mr. Gallo
7. Mrs. Esposito-McLean
2. Mrs. Marconi                  8.Mrs. Belvedere
5. Mrs. Cheeseman            10. Ms. Schrei
9. Mrs. Ziemba                   11. Ms. Poropat




  1. “Gathering with family and friends and enjoying good food.”
  2. “One of my favourite traditions is home-baking with my mom and kids.  I feel that our lives are all so busy now that the time it takes to bake fantastic treats is just a luxury that most of us don’t have anymore.  This once a year event , where we set aside a day once school lets out, to gather in my mom’s kitchen, bake, create and make a mess, is so truly special to me because it brings back so many memories from my childhood.  The baking is almost as fun as the eating!”
  1. “My favourite part of the Christmas season:  I love decorating the tree and looking at all the ornaments I have collected over the years.  Each year, my mom gives me a new one and I am starting that tradition with my daughter.  It’s nice to connect the ornament to the memories of the year it was given and it reminds me of all the fun times.  Plus, while decorating, it’s my time to put on National Lampoon’s Christmas vacation!  By the time the movie is done, all the decorating is done and we’re all in a laughing mood!”
  1. “My favourite part about the holiday season is spending time with my family and friends who I don’t get to see as often as I would like to because of our busy schedules. In addition, being able to stay home and relax for two weeks is a great perk too :)”
  1. “Spending all Christmas day in my PJs”
  1. “Boxing day: no expectations, no running around, just stay around the house all day in my pajamas and spend time with my family.  Eating all the leftovers is a great part of the day as well!”
  1. “My favourite part of the holiday season is catching up on some badly needed time with my precious little monkeys (my children).”



Answer Key

3. Mrs. Facciolo    5. Mrs.Kiss      6. Mr. Ceccarelli
2. Mrs.Charot         1. Mrs. Battaglini           7. Mrs. Belvedere
4. Ms. Sacco



Stay tuned for next edition’s questions:

  1. How would you describe your high school experience?
  1. You are on a deserted Island, which three fellow teachers would you bring and why?