Staff Spotlight: Introducing the McCormack Family!
We are delighted to welcome (again!) TASIS Dorado Upper School teachers, Patrick and Royale McCormack, and their children who began their 2020-21 school year as TASIS Dorado Elementary students! Patrick joins us as the 6th grade Science teacher. He holds a B.S. in Kinesiology from UMass Amherst and a Masters in Education from Roger Williams University. Royale joins the high school English department and holds a dual degree with honors in English and Theater from Wheaton College and a Master's degree in education from Pace University.
These esteemed educators shared what brought them back to the island. "We left after the graduation of the class of 2014, and so had been back in Massachusetts for six years. We came back to the island for the holidays this year. After about thirty minutes, we decided we felt more at home here in Puerto Rico than in Massachusetts. We sent in our applications in January, and in July, the whirlwind began... and here we are! I think the greatest compliment I can pay TASIS is that I want my children to be TASIS students. Having taught in many different locales and schools, it has become abundantly clear that TASIS is by far the superior educational experience -- in many ways."
Q&A WITH ROYALE MCCORMACK
- Full Name: Royale Silvester McCormack
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Nickname at TD: Ms. Royale
- Position at TD: English Faculty: AP English Language and Composition, 12th-Grade British Literature
- TD Start Date: Originally, 8/2010, this time 8/2020
- I grew up in: Chatham, Massachusetts
- Family: Patrick, Catalina (7), Teddy (4), Chichi (Puerto Rican Street Cat!)
- Education: BA Honors English and Theatre from Wheaton College MA, MEd from Pace University, NYC
- What makes you #TDproud?: The commitment to the community makes me #TDProud. From the school community, to the greater Puerto Rican community, to the goal of being committed citizens of an ever-changing world, people connected to TASIS care about and work to serve them all.
- Hobbies/passion projects: READING, Sailing, Running, and community service.
- What is a favorite memory of TD? Taking the first graduating class of TD to Club Nautico and teaching them to sail for Exploration Week.
- Do you have a favorite charity you wish more people knew about? My cousin Jenny is the founder and director of the Phoenix Cancer Support Network. We lost Annie, her sister and my cousin, at a very young age. Jenny has been working to support and care for people with cancer and their families for years. The work she does is so important, and I encourage people to look it up and make donations. People can even change their Amazon Smile donation choice to PCSN so that for every amazon purchase made, Amazon will make a donation to the nonprofit!
- What's your favorite family tradition? Each night at our dinner table, everyone at dinner has to share their Thorn, Rose, and Bud. The Thorn was the most difficult part of the day. We talk about ways to handle difficult situations and feelings. The Rose was the best part of the day -- always positive and a good reminder of the great lives we are leading. The Bud is something to look forward to -- again, a great reminder that life is good.
- You have to sing karaoke, what song do you pick? I love to sing. I like to surprise people by knowing all of the lyrics to "We Didn't Start The Fire," or demonstrating my moves to "Thriller."
- If you could choose any two famous people to have dinner with, who would they be? I would love to have dinner with Barack Obama and John Mulaney. I have so many questions for President Obama and feel like we would never run out of discussion topics. John Mulaney is hilarious, and I could listen to him tell stories or jokes for hours!
- If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be? This might be cheating, but I would love to live on a sailboat for a year and sail around the world. The opportunity to see new cultures and experience new lands is a draw in and of itself, but to have the added bonus of being on the water and harnessing the wind would be nothing short of spectacular.
- Looking forward to in 2020-21: Forging magical and momentous relationships with my students and colleagues.
Q&A WITH PATRICK MCCORMACK
- Full Name: Patrick William McCormack II
- Email: email@example.com
- Nickname at TD: Mr. Patrick, Mr. M, Mr. Mack
- Position at TD: 6th-Grade Earth and Space Science
- TD Start Date: August 2009 - June 2013 and August 2020 - present
- I grew up in: Plymouth, Massachusetts.
- Family: Royale (wife), Catalina (daughter), Teddy (son), Chi-Chi (cat)
- Education: B.S. Kinesiology from UMass-Amherst, Masters of Education from Roger Williams University.
- Hobbies/passion projects: Reading, gardening, fixing things, surfing, sailing, fishing, and traveling.
- What makes you #TDproud?: How engaged, excited, and spirited the staff, faculty, students, and parents are even in these trying times.
- What is a favorite memory of TD? So many, too hard to pick! My first day back in 2009, I went over some basic homeroom rules and announcements for my 6th-grade homeroom. After giving the students quite a bit of information, I stopped to ask if they had any questions. One student raised her hand and said: "How come my poop turns purple after I have the rainbow sherbert from Maggie-Moo's?" Her peers were immediately interested in the question, as many of them had experienced the same phenomenon. We then had a fascinating conversation about the human digestive system.
- What was your first job? My first job was delivering the Boston Globe newspaper on my bicycle when I was 10. I had to get up at 5:00 am in the rain or even snow and make sure all 60 people got their paper.
- You can have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of your life, what is it? Batteries! AA and AAA. I never have any when I need them!
- What is the most surprising fact you know? "There are more stars in the sky than grains of sand from all of the earth's beaches and deserts." There is actually 10x more! I think about this when I am at the beach or sweeping up all the sand my kids track into the house.
- What was the first concert you ever went to? My parents took me and my brother to a 4-day, camping, music festival when I was 12. I've been to hundreds of concerts and festivals since then. I haven't been to a concert since February, which might be the longest gap since I was 12.
- What takes a lot of time, but is totally worth it? Learning to whistle really loudly. It took me years to figure it out, but now I can get people's attention without having to yell.
- Looking forward to in 2020-21: Creating amazing, engaging learning experiences for my students.