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Teacher feature: Mrs.Mackey

Jhari Rogers, Staff writer

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Mrs. Wendy Mackey can be found in room 236 on the main floor of New Milford High School with her million dollar smile and outgoing personality. Mrs. Mackey became a teacher after learning that she loved working with kids, preferably high school students.

“Once you go to high school you never look back.”

Mr. Jerry Perrone had nothing but praise for Mrs. Mackey. When approached about his thoughts on Mrs. Mackey nothing but smiles and laughter came up. “Mrs. Mackey is a very caring teacher and on a personal level as well. She’s very flexible with the kids which helps the kids in a majority of ways, she cares about the kids unconditionally no matter what.”

Kyle Naimaster (‘17), who sees Mrs. Mackey first period every day, said, “Mrs. Mackey always keeps everything in order for me as well as the class, she organizes everything that needs to be done so that we can get the best out of every lesson”.

Cristian Hernandez (‘17) also had some very interesting things to say about Mrs.Mackey. “Mrs. Mackey can make me so tight sometimes but I know I’m going to benefit from all of it. She’s hard on students so that they will strive for the best and nothing but the best, that’s why she has a big impact on a lot of students in the high school.”

Mrs. Mackey became a teacher in 1996 after attending Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey. After two years at BCC, Mrs. Mackey transferred to William Paterson University to finish her last two years. However, life had a different agenda for Mrs. Mackey.

“I screwed up at Bergen and wasn’t ready for college. I took a year off with life standing straight in my face and the path I was taking wasn’t looking so bright. I took a year off of college to get my life together and mature as a person, so that I could become a successful individual, which I call the seven year plan. I worked three part time jobs while trying to attend college.”

Mrs. Mackey feels like helping kids was her true calling. “Helping kids is an uncontrollable feeling I can’t explain, connecting with students and the expressions on their faces are remarkable. There are some things in life that just can’t be explained and this is one of them.”

Mrs. Mackey says that one of the hardest parts of teaching is seeing kids come from broken homes. “It’s really heart breaking trying to convince them that school work is important when they have harder things in life to overcome and school just becomes a hassle.”

The positive outlook is that some students can overcome the obstacles life throws at them and become successful individuals, but there’s also a negative, as well. The students who can’t overcome the hardships in life are stuck in that same mentality for a while and don’t realize until it’s too late. The other hardest part of being a teacher is the students leaving after they graduate.

“We build amazing relationships for  four years and then they just leave when it’s their time. Hopefully they come back years later and visit me.”  

Mrs. Mackey is smiling brightly and laughing out loud as Michael Rappo (‘17) appears at her door.

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  1. Adam Sietz on January 27th, 2016 10:15 pm

    Miss Wendy is beyond special. I have the great fortune of working with her for the past five summers. Not only is she a fantastic teacher, but she runs the best darn summer theater camp in the United States of America. Just ask any of the campers. They return every year and it’s sold out within weeks. It’s nice to read about a special friend, but her deliciousness is nothing I don’t already know! Bravo Miss Wendy and many big hugs!

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