Jennie Paulino

Jennie Paulino

Technology, Robbinsville High School
6th year

What teacher had the biggest influence on you as a student & why?:

For me it was two teachers: Sally Kugelmeyer, G & T teacher at Warren Hills High School and Jane Bedno, Design Teacher at The University of the Arts. Kugie grew a passion for creativity in every endeavor in all of her students, such that you couldn't help but approach life with your whole creative and artistic self. Jane taught me actual skills I could use to earn a living with my innate love of the arts.

Favorite book: “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle

Hobbies: Cooking, gardening, traveling, cartooning.

Favorite color: Blue. No! Green. No, definitely purple.

Favorite meal: Pierogies smothered with fried onions.  

Favorite musician or musical group: There are too many. Here are a few favs: Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, BB King, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, U2, Willie Nelson and Cesaria Evora. 

Favorite TV show: “Seinfeld”

Favorite Movie: “Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail” 

Three for dinner: My grandparents, all four of them, because I miss them terribly and I’d love for them to meet my children.

Proudest moment on the job: Helping students use things I teach to create things in real life. For example, helping a student draw and digitize the new Rville Raven bird and seeing the pride in her eyes as she read about herself and her creation in the newspaper!

Favorite hidden talent: Cartooning.

Fondest memory on the job: Seeing art students the first moment they discover what they can do with a pen & tablet in Photoshop or Illustrator.

What inspires you?: Nature, art and, young people who try.

How do you make connections with students?: Small conversations over time, sharing a laugh, witnessing the pride a student feels in themselves for their own accomplishments.

Is there a quote or saying that you live your life by: You can be anything, so be kind.

If you could pass on your wisdom: CTRL + Z will let you undo everything, except the words that come out of your mouth.

What makes a good day at school?: Providing students the space to be creative and make something no one else dreamed up, something that even surprises themselves.
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