An Interview with Ms Cleveland


Sara Nieto Abad

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m most recently in the States from Texas and I’ve lived in several
different States. I have been teaching for 9 years. I’ve also taught in Albania and in the United States and I’ve taught math, computer science and debate.

2. What made you pursue teaching?

I will be honest – I really didn’t know what I wanted to do. I decided I was going to be a teacher on my way home from university graduation.

3. What are your extracurricular interests and passions outside of teaching?

I love to sew. I love to create. I like to cook and try new things. I spend a lot of time, though, sewing. I have made several quilts. I learnt from my mom; she has taught me everything that I know about sewing, so she’s helped me a lot with that.

4. What made you want to come and teach here at Marymount?

Teaching and interviewing – you go and you try all these different things. The Marymount Interview last year I felt like myself. I did not feel like I was being fake, I did not have to feel like I was under pressure. It felt very natural and very right. I love Marymount’s commitment to helping girls develop as live-long learners and develop their own ideas. It has been really amazing to see all that come together and see how you hold to those believes and your core goals.

5. During your time here, what has been the most memorable/favourite event for you?

I love having Ms Simpson’s dog in our office – that is probably my favourite!

6. In your opinion, what have been the best and worst aspects of online learning so far?

The best aspect – honestly – is that I’m getting to know some of the student a little bit better. They might not have liked talking to me in class. I am getting to see more and a different side of everyone. The worst part is I live by myself, so I am stuck at home all alone all day. I miss going into work, seeing everyone and doing everything.

7. If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be? Creative, a little bit of a perfectionist and overthinker.

8. If you were not a teacher, what do you think you would be?

I do not know – I love teaching so much. I would love to be helping to teach teachers. I would love to be in the ability to do something like that. But, I also think that being a rocket scientist would be kind of cool.

9. Do you have a favourite book/movie/TV show? If so, what are they?

I love the Harry Potter books.
10. Who is your favourite character of the Harry Potter saga?

Hermione Granger, no doubt. I see myself in her, and so she is my favourite character.

11. If you could have lunch with a person (dead or alive), who would you choose?

That is an excellent question – I think it would be interesting to have diner or lunch with Michelle Obama.

12. What piece of advice would you have liked to know as a student? Just try it! Anything can be fixed. It is always worth just trying.