Teachers Of Our Past:
With retirement ahead at the end of the year, Howard Kanter has taught art at Algonquin Middle School for 30 years. He runs an art club and sometimes a yoga club where he gets to connect with his students outside of class. Although not the most well behaved student in his younger years, Kanter enjoys teaching and has always seen it as the most logical path. In his free time, Kanter enjoys spending time with family and painting. He also enjoys attending concerts and has seen more than 50 Grateful Dead shows. Over his many years at Algonquin he has made many good and bad memories, but one of his favorite experiences is meeting students whose parents he taught in the past. “It makes me proud of my career when I look back,” Kanter said. In retirement, he looks forward to renting a studio space so that he can be a full time painter. “My favorite part about teaching has been talking about art and music to generations of diverse kids. That has been a gift,” Kanter said.
Emily Magallon teaches seventh and eighth grade Spanish and has taught at both Chippewa and Algonquin Middle Schools. She has coached Poms and led a Spanish club in the past but this year has started a new club, Heading to High School, which prepares middle school students for success at Maine West. Most of her free time is spent taking her two kids on adventures to places like the zoo or nature center. Although Magallon describes her younger self as “super nerdy and quiet,” she has always enjoyed school and even now her favorite part of being a teacher is interacting with her students. “I have wanted to be a teacher since I was in kindergarten. I really like connecting with people and I wanted to be someone who had an impact on people’s lives,” Magallon said.
Leading the drama club, morning video announcements and even the variety show, Chris Hylton has taught music and drama at Chippewa Middle School for eight years. . Finding comfort in music, Hylton was always into music and even got into the top level band his freshman year of high school. “I knew I wanted to continue with music in college, but didn’t want to do music
performance or music business or composition, so education was really the only option,” Hylton said. In his free time, Hylton enjoys playing video games and spending time with his dog who he describes as “the greatest dog that has ever lived.” Hylton is a teacher that many students have at least once at Chippewa, which gives hundreds of students the chance to connect with him. “My favorite part of being a teacher is getting to watch students grow from sixth grade through eighth grade and help kids get through those ridiculously difficult middle school years,” Hylton said.