Faculty & Staff Spotlight | Sharon Anibal, Science
What do you think is the greatest invention of all time?
The first invention that instantly popped into my head that I personally can’t live without is the microwave. Being able to heat up a meal in just a couple of minutes is something that every teacher depends upon on a daily basis. However, after some more thought and consideration, I would definitely have to say that the greatest invention of all time for me would have to be electricity. Just think about how much of our day is dependent upon it. Without electricity, we wouldn’t have lights, hot water, hairdryers, clean clothes, air conditioning, television, computers, phones, and most importantly microwaves!
When you are having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?
That’s an easy question. If I’m having a bad day, I always ask one of my very best Forsyth friends and science colleague, Christine Torlina, to take a walk with me to Forest Park’s Kennedy Woods Savanna after school. Having the opportunity to “unplug” and spend time outside enjoying nature with a buddy always helps me clear my head, refocus, and feel better.
What do you love about Forsyth?
I love EVERYTHING about Forsyth! From the moment you open that big green door, there’s a magical feeling that you get that just isn’t found anywhere else. I love that I get to work with talented, creative, and innovative teachers and staff who love what they do and who happily drop whatever they are working on in order to help you out with anything you need. I love that I have supportive and caring parents who often pop into my science lab during the day just to say hi or to tell me a funny story or to share a special science connection that they’ve made with their children over the weekend. I love that I have the opportunity to teach kind, enthusiastic, and curious students who absolutely love to learn. I love that at any moment during the day (whether it is during class, outside at lunch, or during recess) I am visited by excited students who want to show me a cool rock they found, to inquire about the name of an insect they discovered outside, or to share the latest homemade invention they just created. I love that our culture of challenge doesn’t just apply to our students but to teachers, too. I am cheerfully encouraged to take risks and given the freedom to try out new curriculum ideas that I believe could be beneficial to our students. I love that I am valued and supported as a teacher and am given the opportunity to improve and grow every single year by attending the latest science professional development offerings. I love that I get to teach at a school where I am guaranteed to smile, laugh, and learn something new every single day. Forsyth is not just a school. It is a special place that I am proud to call my home away from home.