New Teacher Interview: Mr. Michael Zonghetti


Michael Zonghetti, a new math teacher at Walpole High School, comically nibbles on his glasses while facetiously pondering the answer to an extremely difficult math problem.

1.) How long have you been teaching?

3 months

2.) Why did you decide to become a math teacher?

I love working with high school aged kids and I love the subject of mathematics

3.) What profession did you have before becoming a teacher and how has that experience helped you in this career?

I was in the money management business, a corporate bonds analyst. It has helped because lots of math is involved in corporating bonds.

4.) What is your favorite part about being a teacher?

Interacting with the students

5.) What types of teaching techniques do you use in the classroom i.e. direct instructions, Socratic seminars, group work etc?

Direct and group work. Also humor I try to make math funny even though it’s hard to do

6.) What is the most interesting thing you’ve ever done?

Went to Hong Kong. Also played in a college alumni football game at the age of 50

7.) The most boring?

Analyzing corporate bonds. It got boring after 30 years

8.) If you were stuck on an island with no electricity what 3 things would you bring?

A football, a country music cd and a math book my 3 favorite things in life

9.) What is your favorite food?

Mexican food

10.) When is your birthday?

February 22, 1958

11.) Pisces: Seductive promises dangle in the balance. If it doesn’t have to do with hard work or honest effort, it’s not true. Be vigilant in your focus. Ward off dalliances that will waste your time. Has this happened to you? Is this correct?

It’s completely wrong or maybe i’m just not aware of it

12.) What type of music do you like and why?

Country and because of the message of the lyrics

13.) What is your favorite song or band?

Song- Those I met along the way by: Eric Church

14.) What is your favorite movie?

Forrest Gump

15.) What is your favorite sport and why?

Football because it’s football

16.) What were you like in high school?

A geek, a complete nerd actually kind of a combo geek/captain of the football team

17.) What is your favorite mythical creature?


18.) Is there anyway this interview will help my grade?

Of course it will

19.) Coke or Pepsi?


20) Harry Potter or Twilight?

Harry Potter

21.) Chocolate, Vanilla or Twist?


22.) Taylor Swift or Kanye West?

Taylor Swift

23.) Werewolf or Vampire?


24.) Mac or PC?


25.) If you were to enter a Cumby’s and be forced with a moral decision between slurpee flavors what flavor would you choose?


26.) Ellen Degeneres or Oprah?


27) Ketchup or mustard?


28.) Buff Chick Yes or No?


29.) What is your favorite color?


30.) What is your favorite quote?

“Life is like a box of chocolates you never know what your gonna get” – Forrest Gump