Teachers of FHCI: Mr. Billinghurst

By: Sonika Humar | Co-Editor

Why did you decide to become a teacher?
I decided to become a teacher because, when I was a kid, I worked at a basketball camp. I realized loved working with people. I also loved education, but didn’t love school, and so I wanted to be able to teach in a way where students would love school and their teacher. I was also raised by two teachers, but I never
thought I would be a teacher until I turned 22. What changed my mind was volunteering at the Brock University student union as an events coordinator. Here, I started to find more direction and purpose in my life, in terms of what I’m good at and what I have confidence in.

If you weren’t a teacher, what would you be?
Probably something in sports, because I love sports. I run a softball league. My dream job is to
be Centerfield for the Toronto Blue Jays.

What is an interesting fact that most people don’t know about you?
I went to French immersion growing up, and I can speak English and French fluently.

What is something you wish you could tell your high school self?
Worry about the things you can control, and don’t worry about the things you can’t.

What is something teenagers do now that you don’t understand?
There aren’t enough students that understand the value of consequences. I don’t understand why
they make excuses instead of learning from consequences of their actions.

Is there any advice you can give to the students at Forest Hill?
Focus on your skills and not on your marks. The marks will come if the skill is there. Don’t
value yourself based on your marks.

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