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“It was like coming home,” said Global Teacher Andrew Cottet about becoming the newest addition to the social studies department at his own alma mater, Jamesville-DeWitt High School. He replaced former social studies teacher Joe Ribeiro, who moved to New Jersey in December.
Before coming to J-DHS, Mr. Cottet taught at Mexico High School for a year and a half. "I miss the community there, the students are different, but I'm glad to be back at J-D," said Mr. Cottet. Before Mexico, He was a long-term substitute teacher at J-DHS during the 2012-2013 school year and has been a J-DHS varsity football assistant coach for seven years. Because Mr. Cottet was a long term sub at J-DHS, Principal Paul Gasparini was “thrilled at the opportunity he presented us when he applied for this position.
“He’s a pretty cool guy and he’s really good at describing every unit we have had,” said freshman Kellen Mulvihill. Sophomore Natalie Finocchiaro agrees with Mulvihill and says Mr. Cottet is good at elaborating on what he teaches.
In late December, Mr. Riberio left and his substitute, Vinnie Alexander, took over until Mr. Cottet was able to start. The transition “was during the time of midterms and it was very confusing and difficult, but I’m happy with the way it turned out,” said freshman Ryan Evans. Freshman Kasey Vaughn and Mulvihill said that all three teachers had different teaching styles and it was hard to adjust. Mr. Cottet agrees with his students saying that it was hard to adjust but with the help of the social studies department and students the transition went smoothly. Social studies department chair Marian Glauber thinks that Mr. Cottet’s transition into the social studies department “couldn’t of been smoother,” due to the same curriculum between the two schools.
Mr. Cottet is glad to be back at J-DHS because he missed “the community, the students and the staff.” No matter what school he’s at his teaching philosophy stays the same; “I just love interacting with students and making them question the world around them,” he said. And though he will miss his co-workers at Mexico and the students, being able to come home and teach makes the difficult changes worth it. “All around he’s a real winner as a teacher and as a person, as a coach and as a community member,” said Mr. Gasparini.