Kristin Aquilino

Kristin Aquilino

K-4 Computer/STEAM Teacher & Media Specialist, Sharon Elementary School
18th year

What teacher had the biggest influence on you as a student & why?: My 1st grade teacher Miss Kelinbauer at Cedar Grove Elementaty School in Toms River.  She sparked my interest in dinosaurs and embodied every characteristic that a 1st grade teacher should have.

Dr. Yitzhak Sharon, Holocaust professor from Stockton University, because he made me sit through his first class before making the decision to drop it.  And even though I didn't need this class, I decided not to drop it because he was such an amazing, charismatic professor and kind man. This is where my passion for WWII and the Holocaust began.  

Favorite book: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” by Kate DiCamillo and “The Other Boleyn Girl” by Phillipa Gregory.

Hobbies: Skiing, volleyball, hiking, traveling.

Favorite color: Orange

Favorite meal: Sandwiches and tamales. 

Favorite musician or musical groups: Billy Joel, Guns N’ Roses, Dropkick Murphys, Pink Floyd.

Favorite sports team: Denver Broncos

Favorite TV show: “Game of Thrones” & “Sons of Anarchy”

Favorite Movie: “Dumb & Dumber”

Three for dinner: My Aunt Joyce, who died of brain cancer, so I can tell her about the grandchildren she never got a chance to meet, and my grandparents, so I can tell them about their great-grandchildren that they never met. And if relatives don't count...King Henry VIII, Slash & Billy Joel!

Proudest moment on the job: Too many to mention.

Favorite hidden talent: I'm pretty good at DIY (do-it-yourself) and home improvement projects and I have a nice collection of power tools.  I also have great aim with a rifle and clay pigeons. 

Fondest memory on the job: When half the school sang “Happy Birthday” to me at the holiday sing-along.  

What inspires you?: Anything and everything. 

How do you make connections with students?: Get on their level. Talk sports, activities and, of course, Fortnite and Roblox.

If you could pass on your wisdom regarding your job, what would you share: Treat your students like they are your own.

Is there a quote or saying that you live your life by: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened” - Dr. Seuss.

What makes a good day at school?: Just being here and smiles.
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