Teachers of FHCI: Mr. Sproule

By: Vida Adair Matus

Mr. Sproule is a new teacher at Forest Hill just joining us this semester. He’s a social science and humanities teacher, teaching philosophy and anthropology.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far as a teacher?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned as a teacher is that the best way to get students into what we’re doing in class is to make it fun and engaging. Students will forget everything from your long lecture, but they’ll remember the spirited debate, games, and artsy group projects. I try to make my classes as interactive as possible.

What is something you wish students knew about you?
Something I wish my students knew about me is that I’m a new dad!

What were your first impressions of Forest Hill?
My first impression of Forest Hill was how welcoming the students and staff were. It’s great to work with people who are collaborative and excited about building community.

Is there anything that really makes Forest Hill stand out from your other schools?
Something that makes Forest Hill stand out from other schools is how involved the students are in extracurricular activities! I’ve never seen so many clubs in my life.

What has been the most fulfilling course to teach in your career?
I love teaching philosophy courses because the classes are very discussion-oriented and challenge students to tackle big ideas and reconsider their preconceived notions about the universe.

Is there anything that specifically led you to teach?
I was inspired to become a teacher because I had great teachers in high school who imparted a love of learning and community.

Are there any changes that you’d want to see happen at Forest Hill?
I can’t say that there are any specific changes that I’d like to see implemented at Forest Hill because I’ve only just got here, but I’m excited to see how I can contribute to the school culture.

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