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Burning Questions: Leonel Rosario (Southwest Ohio '12)

Leonel Rosario answers burning questions about living and teaching in Dayton, OH.

Leo Rosario

November 1, 2013

What grade and subject do you teach?

High School Spanish.

What is the funniest or strangest comment or question you’ve heard from a student?

As a high school teacher, I receive a plethora of funny/strange comments on a daily basis. I would say the strangest comment by far occurred on a Friday where I tend to dress more casual. On this day, I was wearing a t-shirt and jeans. The class was really quiet as I was explaining the verb "Gustar" when one of my students decided to scream out, "Mr. Rosario you have a beautiful neck".  That was probably the most uncomfortable I felt in my classroom especially after such a random comment. I am usually quick on my feet with comebacks, but neither myself nor my other students knew how to react to this comment. The next 20 minutes of class was awkward silence.

What is your favorite lesson you have ever taught your students?

I would say that it was a part of my family unit. In this unit, the students were describing their families and themselves using specific verbs and adjectives. For one of my lessons, the students had to each create a slide show about their families and present entirely in Spanish. Once everyone presented, I did my own slide show and spoke about my own family. What was amazing about this specific lesson was that not only did my students completely speak in the target language, but they also got to learn about me and each other which helped with the overall culture of the classroom. They all did wonderfully on this unit.

What’s the best part of your neighborhood?

I live in Kettering which is a suburb of Dayton, OH. Coming from New York City, adjusting to this area was hard since I am not used to living in a really quite and calm neighborhood. Now, I definitely appreciate the tranquility of my neighborhood especially after a long day of teaching.

What is your favorite comfort food?

Would have to be Dominican food. You're more than likely to win the lotto than find any good Dominican food out here in Southwest Ohio. This is why I stuff myself when I am back in New York.

Who is your celebrity crush? Describe an ideal date with them in your city.

Blake Lively. She is gorgeous and has a killer smile. An ideal date would be a carriage ride through Central Park in NYC on a cool spring afternoon and dinner right after at a restaurant somewhere in Midtown.

What do you do to recover when you are feeling down and don’t want to work?

I hit the gym. This is what has helped keep me sane throughout my first year of teaching.

Describe Institute in five words or less.

Wake. Teach. Plan. Sleep. Repeat.

What is the best thing you’ve done in your region?

I would say a community service project with my fellow corps members and staff in the City of Dayton. We were one of many groups that were rehabbing/rebuilding homes or community service centers for an organization called Rebuilding Together Dayton. We helped repair the home of a sweet old lady in the West side of town.  This was a really rewarding experience and I will definitely be volunteering for this organization for future projects.

What superhero power would you like to have and why?

Being able to calm angry teenage girls down with ease. Enough said.

Describe the corps in your region in three words.

Struggle and Progress.

What do you see yourself doing after your commitment with TFA?

I see myself getting a masters and eventually a PhD in Zoology.

What is in your fridge right now?

Egg whites, chicken breasts, frozen veggies, and beer.

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