By Addie Sweeney
Condor Press: What made you want to be a teacher?
Iacono: going into college I considered majoring in math but I was still open to other options. In my first semester I took one math class. I also took some classes in sociology and psychology, it was just I wanted to know what I wanted to do. But about a week into my first semester I was taking a calculus course, and I remember just loving that class. I just LOVED that class. I remember being like “ Ok obviously I have this passion for math, it brings me so much joy.” So then I went to church that Sunday and the sermon was about your profession and, doing what you love. I was on my knees praying and I just felt this calling in my heart. So then that Monday I went back, I was at Westmont, and I said: “I wanna be a Math teacher.” It happened very fast, but I just felt very called.
CP: What’s one person or thing that will always make you laugh
I: Heirloom tomatoes. I’m kidding, I’m kidding. It would have to be my awesome husband, Mr. Iacono, no matter what mood I’m in he always makes me laugh, He’s the best, I love him. If you know Mr. Iacono he is so silly, it’s one thing I love about him. He makes a lot of dad jokes.
CP: what makes you feel confident?
I: Truth. I feel like we live in a world where there’s a lot of blurred lines, and grey areas, kind of confusion and cloudiness. So it’s the truth, that’s what makes me confident because that’s what I build my life upon.
CP: What was your dream job as a kid?
I: I think it was 5th grade, maybe not, but sometime in elementary school we had to fill out a form about what we wanted to be when we were older. I wanted to own a dance studio and be a dance teacher, and now I am a math teacher, so I think teaching was always – I mean I even played teacher with my brother. I didn’t necessarily want to teach small children, I had a lot of babysitting jobs in college and I didn’t love the itty bitty ones, but I always loved teens, and I knew that if I was going to be a teacher I would teach teens.
CP: do you have a special talent or hobby
W: dance. My mom put me in dance literally the minute I could walk, and then I competed for several years, I went to a performing arts high school, and I minored in dance in college. I would say I’m very blessed with that talent.
CP: What is your favorite lesson to teach?
I: A particular lesson doesn’t come to mind. I would say that I more so enjoy celebrating the different ways my students think. Math is usually seen as this black and white subject. We were just doing geometric patterns and all my students saw it and thought about it so differently. I really aspire to bring back the color to math.
CP: what do you do after school to unwind or relax?
I: I like to exercise, so I will go down to Cabrillo and run by the beach, it’s beautiful. I also do some yoga, and I dance a little bit. I also love to walk FRIENDS I love to hang out with friends. Mr. Iacono and I like to cook. And we have some epic dance parties in our kitchen.
CP: What is your #1 pet peeve?
I: Hate. I dislike hate a lot. I feel as though it’s become prominent in our culture and our language and it’s really heartbreaking to hear and to see. I firmly believe that our native tongue is love, not hate.
CP: Describe a typical day in your life
I: School day: wake up, come to school, prep a little bit, then teach all day. After school, I will usually go run or exercise or tutor students privately. Then I will go home, and Mr. Iacono usually has cooked for me, so I eat some awesome dinner. Then I usually do some school work for the next day, make tests, and lessons. Watch a few episodes of a show, read a little bit, pray with Mr. Iacono, and go to sleep. On weekends I usually sleep in a little bit, I love to go to the farmers market. LOVE the farmers market.