Gina Policastro

Gina Policastro
Media Specialist/ELL Teacher, Robbinsville High School
3rd year

What teacher had the biggest influence on you as a student & why?: My high school English teacher, Mr. Szalecki. He was incredibly passionate about the subject, cared for his students and always made class engaging.

Favorite Book: There are too many to choose from! But I have read and reread “Pride and Prejudice “by Jane Austen multiple times!

Hobbies: Reading, crafting, cooking, baking,  playing competitive sports.

Favorite color: Blue

Favorite meal: My father's homemade sunday sauce!

Favorite musician or musical group: Coldplay

Favorite sports teams: New York Giants & New York Rangers

Favorite Movie: Oof-- too many to choose from!

Favorite TV shows: Great British Baking Show, Game of Thrones, Westworld, and The Office 

You can invite three for dinner, dead or alive...who and why: Massimo Bottura: He is a famous Italian chef and owns one of the most highly regarded restaurants in the world, Osteria Francescana. I am a huge foodie and would love to chat with him about cooking techniques and how he got the idea for many of his most popular dishes.
Chrissy Teigen: I admire her because of how hilarious, outspoken, and successful she is, she also has a great cookbook! (Notice a trend with my dinner guests?) .
Julia Child: Another famous chef! She basically created the term "celebrity chef," and has an amazing origin story.
This dinner will definitely have amazing food and even better conversation!

Proudest moment on the job: Reorganizing the Fiction section and getting to watch students browse and check out more books than ever!

Fondest memory on the job: I love going to the pep rallies each year. It is great to see so much school spirit and camaraderie between student classes (and a little competition too!).

What is your favorite hidden talent: I am great at putting new furniture together.

What inspires you: Other teachers and media specialists who work tirelessly at their jobs and always strive to impact students in positive ways.

How do you make connections with students: I love talking to students about their current reads! I've added so many books to my "to read" list already and it always makes me happy to suggest a book to a student that they end up loving.

If you could pass on your wisdom regarding your job what would you share: Don't feel defeated. Even on your worst days when you feel like everything is going wrong, take a moment... breathe and think about what has gone RIGHT (because there is ALWAYS that one thing that went well).

Is there a quote or saying that you live your life by: "Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat." - F. Scott Fitzgerald 

What makes a good day at school: So many things can make a day a "good" day: Students learn something new in the Media Center, I help someone, I make someone laugh, I see students helping one another and collaborating... the list goes on and on.
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