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Matt Huiras, Tokay High School

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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013 12:00 am

What would you be doing on a rainy Thursday night?

It is interesting that you picked Thursday, because I would be watching my favorite show Person of Interest with my fiancé

What type of music do you listen to? Favorite artists?

I am very eclectic in my music tastes: I love Van Halen (both the Dave and Sammy years), Ramones, Social Distortion, the Beastie Boys, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson.

What type of jobs did you do in high school or college?

I worked at two mom and pop video stores, lifeguarded, was a janitor in a few bars in Chico.

Do you collect anything?

Star Wars stuff.

What is your favorite restaurant? (not limited to Lodi)

Too many to list but two I have more recently discovered are Mikuni and Ruth’s Chris.

What is weirdest thing you have ever eaten?

A pig’s eye right out of its head. I am a big believer in don’t knock it unless you have tried it. My buddy was roasting a whole pig and I felt like pulling the eye out and trying it. It was an interesting texture and actually tasted pretty good.

What would you do if you won a million dollars?

I would continue teaching, pay off my bills, buy my fiancé a new car, and buy a really nice house in the country, on the Delta, or in Morada.

Was there a particular teacher that had a strong influence on your life? Tell me about them.

I had many, but the one that comes to mind is my fourth-grade teacher, Barbara Yamada. She was amazing. She retired last year and sent me a little gift, the little bear I got her at the end of that school year. I could not believe she remembered that I was the one who got her this thing twenty five years ago! It made me feel great and now I have it displayed in my class amongst the Star Wars stuff that has been gifts from my students and colleagues (it is wearing Vulcan ears that a student gave to me at the beginning of this school year).

What is your best student success story?

Karla. When I was teaching Middle School ELD in Stockton Unified she was one of my 7th graders. She had very little confidence. She did not think she was smart. I knew I did not need to aid her academically (she went from far below grade level in ELA to above grade level by the end of the school year), so I mad it a point to build her confidence. I would ask her if she was smart and for the first couple of months she would say no. Finally she would she started to say yes. I would ask her what our word was and she would reply confidence. I was here about 3 years ago while she was attending Delta College and asked her our word. She replied, “Confidence! She graduated as a Salutatorian at Edison High and last I heard is studying to be a math teacher at UOP.

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