Administrator Spotlight: Mr. Hartzell

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Administrator Spotlight: Mr. Hartzell

Maggie Von Canon, Staff Writer

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A Thales Times reporter was able to interview Mr. Hartzell. The following is a transcript of a segment of the interview.


Thales Times Reporter (TTR): Do you have any kids?


Mr. Hartzell (Mr. H): I do. I have a son, he is 8 years old, his name is Henry, and he is in third grade at Franklin Academy, and on Tuesday the 29th, I am expecting a little girl! (She was, indeed, born on August 29th!)


TTR: And your favorite food?


Mr. H: My favorite food is fried chicken.


TTR: Do you have a favorite movie?


Mr. H: Star Wars Episode Five: The Empire Strikes Back.


TTR: Why do you like Star Wars so much?

Mr. H: Because it’s escapism, it’s adventure in a galaxy far, far away, and you get to totally lose yourself, and all your problems and all your concerns in a magical, sci-fi universe, and it’s a lot of fun and there’s heroes and there’s villains. So yeah, that’s what I love about it.


TTR: What would your favorite book be?


Mr. H: My favorite book is definitely one that we teach here, and it’s To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, it’s my all-time favorite book. The main thing I miss about teaching 8th grade literature is that I don’t get to share that book with students, but I re-read it at least once a year – It’s very important.


TTR: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?


Mr. H: I wanted to be a marine biologist, but I figured out along the way that I was much better at writing, and I chose to go down that path, but I still love going down to the water and messing with the things that live there.


TTR: What is one job that you have as a part of this position that you think would surprise most people?


Mr. H: I think a lot about carpool, probably more than you would think – just making sure that it’s safe, and it’s fast, and that everyone gets home in a reasonable amount of time, and that includes students and teachers. I think about carpool a lot more than most people would think.


TTR: Is there anything that you think students should know about you?


Mr. H: That my door is always open, and that I’m really friendly, and that going to the principal’s or assistant principal’s office isn’t necessarily always a bad or scary thing, and that they can come talk to me.

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