By SOPHIA PF CHANG’S
Photo by ELLAHAUNDRO
Pinewood has a lot of well-kept secrets, and one of its most legendary ones is perhaps the easiest to overlook: teachers’ meetings. When all the teachers file into a small, crowded classroom, what really happens? What goes on behind those drawn curtains and closed doors?
According to performing arts chair Katie Linza, that is not actually the way things work.
“Teachers’ meetings are our relaxation periods, where we catch up and hang out. We never do anything remotely related to teaching during the meetings, ironically. It just stresses everyone out, and no one gets any work done that way. We keep it a secret because students and parents would say that we’re not doing our jobs properly if we told them the truth,” Linza said.
Physics teacher Yong-Chan Kim agrees wholeheartedly with Linza’s attitude.
“Teachers’ meetings are my favorite time to chill with my teacher friends! We all usually stick with the people in our respective departments. One of my favorite games to play with the science department is Concentration, which is a hand-clapping game. We like to make it a little more fun by challenging ourselves to recite the periodic table of elements in order each time it’s our turn. In case anyone was wondering, I’m the current reigning champion,” Kim said.
Literature teacher Sabrina Strand also enjoys joining in the fun.
“I love teachers’ meetings because they give me a chance to hone my wordsmith skills in a fun way with my friends. The language arts teachers always have Scrabble tournaments, and I’ve gotten so much practice at meetings that my diction in my writing has actually improved significantly!” Strand said.
Algebra and calculus teacher Rachel Phillips’ department will do practically anything to have some fun at meetings.
“Ms. Walters has a ping-pong table at her house, and we snuck it in once without anyone noticing. We made up a game where you had to recite a digit of pi each time you hit the ball. We’ve actually been able to get the table into the room on several occasions, and the games get more competitive and heated each time. I love having teachers’ meetings because I get to watch Mr. Armanath and Ms. Walters get into giant hilarious arguments about the game!” Phillips said.