Q & A with Mr. Monaco

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Where did you go to School?

I went to PS/MS 207

Holy Cross High School

Queens College for my Undergraduate and Master’s Degree


How long have you been at Halsey?

 I have been at Halsey for 5 years and teaching for 8 years overall.


Why did you get into education?

I always loved history in school, but when I was 21, I was initially planned to go to law school. I took my LSAT exam and even applied to many schools. However, the spring before, I began tutoring a student for the U.S. History Regents and found it to be very rewarding, not just teaching and discussing history, but working and helping young people. After that experience I decided to apply for the teaching program at Queens College instead.


What is your favorite thing about being a teacher? 

My favorite part of teaching is helping and watching students develop critical thinking skills when examining primary and secondary sources and not just taking what they read at face value.


Any hobbies or interests that we do not know you would like to share?

My favorite hobby outside of school is weightlifting. I go every weekday at 4am. I also enjoy playing handball. I have been playing since I was 12.