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New English teachers: Richard Rodriguez

Published September 4, 2014

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New English teacher Richard Rodriguez smiles inside his classroom. Rodriguez was previously teaching Southern California in Los Angeles, but moved to Northern California in Palo Alto to teach at Paly. Photo by Maddy Jones.

Richard Rodriguez is teaching both the accelerated lane for freshmen and World Literature for seniors. Rodriguez taught for 16 years in Los Angeles, where he spent most of his time at Venice High School. At Venice High School Rodriguez taught everything from seventh grade in the gifted lane all the way to 12th grade, according to Rodriguez.

The Paly Voice: What did you do this summer?

Richard Rodriguez: [I] moved from Los Angeles the whole summer, it’s ridiculous. And [I] spent time with my family.

TPV: What do you do in your free time?

RR: I love movies [and] music. I love to play music. I love to camp. I love good food.

TPV: What is your favorite part of teaching?

RR: My favorite part of teaching is the students when they talk about literature and they get it and it clicks and they love it and all the ideas kind of just come together — poetry.

TPV: Do you have a favorite app?

RR: Waze. … It tells you how to beat traffic, so that saved my life this morning, I got here fast. I spent like two hours the other day in traffic when there was an oil spill.

TPV: Do you have pets?

RR: No.

TPV: What is the last movie you saw and did you like it?

RR:  I’ve seen “Frozen” a hundred times I think. I’ve been watching “Left Overs” on HBO, it’s kind of interesting, kind of weird-interesting. I’m seeing where they’re going to go with it.

Meet the other English teachers:

Bo Cheli

Trinity Klein

George Vuong


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