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Meet Ms. Cannavino, a math teacher who likes art

Jamal Quinones
Ms. Cannavino invites student to come and visit her in Room 438.

Nicole Cannavino,  a new teacher at BRHS, teaches Geometry and Quantitative Reasoning.

Q: What was your favorite subject in school? Why? 

Art was my favorite subject in school. I find making art a great way to express my creativity and to relax. I still do art projects to this day.

Q: What kind of student were you in high school?

I had a tight-knit friend group in high school and I kept mostly to myself. I wasn’t too involved in school activities, and I regret that. I wish I participated more in sports and clubs.

Q: Why did you decide to become a teacher? Why did you choose BRHS? 

I have always known that I wanted to do a job that helps people in some way. In high school, I really struggled with mathematics. I had an amazing teacher (shout out to Mr. Deppe) who helped me improve my math skills. He also encouraged me to believe in myself. He truly inspired me to become a mathematics teacher. I chose BRHS because my friend, Ms. Paes, said wonderful things about the school. When I interviewed with BRHS, I could tell that our school has a great culture and a caring community. I knew I would be happy here.

Q: Where did you/do you go to college?

I received my Bachelor’s degree in mathematics at SUNY Brockport. I also received my teaching certification there. I went on to get my Master’s degree at Brooklyn College in mathematics education. Both schools provided a stellar education. I am proud to represent both a SUNY and a CUNY school.

Q: What do you like to do for fun? 

I enjoy going on hikes with my dog and my husband. We go every weekend. I also love to read, and to try new restaurants around NYC.

Q: Do you have any pets? What kind? Names? 

Yes I do.  My husband and I have a dog named Penny. I love any excuse to talk about her. She is a Goldendoodle. She loves to play catch, go hiking, and take up all of the room on the bed.

Q: Fun/Interesting facts about yourself?

I spent a year and a half living abroad in Europe. Specifically, I lived in Luxembourg. It is a tiny country that speaks Luxembourgish, French, and German. It was a life changing experience. I hope to one day live abroad again.

Q: If you didn’t become a teacher what would you have become? Why? 

This is a tough question. If I was not a teacher I think I would be an actuary. An actuary uses mathematics (specifically statistics) to analyze risk and uncertainty. I would’ve chosen this job because it is a well paying job and I would’ve been able to do math every day.

Q: What would you like your students to know about you? 

I would like them to know that I care deeply about my students learning mathematics, but I care more about them as a person. I am always here to support them and encourage them to be their best selves. Come say hi.


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About the Contributors
Aliyah Ali, Staff Writer
Aliyah Ali is the oldest of three younger siblings. She loves to write, read, sketch and create music.
Jamal Quinones, Staff Photographer
Jamal Quinones has many talents that even surprise him. He is a writer, photographer, an athlete and is known as the  "The Rubik's Cube Master."

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