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Sabbatical replacement, Mr. Juarez, ready to teach and learn

Mr. Esteban Juarez is a new Social Studies teacher who is filling in Ms. Heather Panahi’s African Area Studies and Comparative Politics classes while she is on sabbatical. Mr. Juarez brings many years of experience to the department. “Joining in the middle of the year, everyone has been welcoming and kind. Students and faculty, everyone is very lovely,” he says.  

Arriving in January and teaching through June was perfect for Mr. Juarez. He was looking for a part time teaching job so he could get back in the classroom after advising teachers. Mr. Juarez is also enthusiastic about teaching high schoolers, after teaching middle schoolers in recent positions, and is excited to change up what he has been doing. When teaching older students, he is thrilled to give more independence to them, reading more complex texts, and teaching the material at a higher level.

Outside of school, Mr. Juarez enjoys hiking with his cockapoo, Lila, seeing musical events, and running. This past year, he completed the Newburyport half marathon. He has lived in many places including Houston, Chicago, Connecticut, and Geneva, Switzerland, which was his favorite. Mr. Juarez went to Loyola University for his undergrad where he majored in philosophy and went on to get his masters at the University of Geneva. 

Along with earning multiple degrees, Mr. Juarez has worked at multiple schools. He taught at The Windward School outside of New York City teaching English and Social Studies to 6-9th graders. There, he worked closely with students who needed a little bit of extra support in school. “One of my favorite parts about teaching is providing the support a student needs to reach their goals. It brings me so much joy when they apply what they’ve learned,” he says. Mr. Juarez then worked at The Park School in Brookline, Massachusetts where he taught 8th grade English and History. His most recent school was The Carroll School in Lincoln, Massachusetts. At Carroll, he was the co-head of the Humanities Department where he helped design curriculum, worked with the admissions committee, and coached other teachers.

Mr. Juarez loves teaching kids and connecting to them on a personal level, and hopes to apply that at Dana Hall. Ms. Mary Cameron, the head of the Social Studies department, says, “He will bring insights to conversations in department meetings and with colleagues to help design activities and assist students in a wide variety of ways all while paying close attention to the students’ learning styles.”

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