Mr. Peralta Interview


Jacqueline Caraballo


Angelina Antonucci, Editor

The 2019-2020 school year has began and there are many new faces among the faculty here at Hawthorne High School. In an ongoing series of articles, The Clarion is proud to introduce Mr. Peralta, who is a Spanish teacher here at Hawthorne High School…


CLARION: Tell us a little about yourself.

PERALTA: This is my fifth year teaching Spanish (K-12). I spent six years in the Marines with two deployments to Iraq.


CLARION: What do you like to do when you’re not teaching?

PERALTA: I enjoy cardio kickboxing, traveling and my favorite hobby is going to storage auctions and flea markets.


CLARION: Why did you choose this subject to teach?

PERALTA: I lived as a young teen in Chile and really embraced the entire experience living abroad.


CLARION: What part of teaching are you looking forward to the most?

PERALTA:  I enjoy getting students excited regarding the Spanish language and culture. I also like giving students the necessary Spanish language survival skills.


CLARION: What were you like as a student?

PERALTA: I was always well organized and responsible… school was always my priority.


CLARION: Why did you want to teach in this district?

PERALTA: I love the feel of an actual community that really supports education and values students and teachers…it makes things easier to get involved and become part of the Hawthorne (Bears) community.


CLARION: Tell us about your student teaching experience?
PERALTA: My student teaching consisted of completing my Alternate Route program through St Peter’s University (200 Hours) and also Rutgers University.