Foley seniors have nominated Mr. Michael Roy for Teacher of the Month for November.
Seniors were given the opportunity to nominate teachers who challenge and support them inside and outside of the classroom.
Where were you born, and what high school did you graduate from?
I was born in Zachary, LA. I graduated from St. Stanislaus High School in Bay St. Louis, MS in the Class of 2005.
What was your first job?
I worked at a coffee/smoothie bar in 10th grade called Da Beach House.
What college did you graduate from, and what are your degrees in?
-Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA), class of 2010, Bachelors of Music Education
-Southwest Baptist University (Bolivar, MO), class of 2017, Masters of Science in Education Administration
-University of the Cumberlands (Williamsburg, KY), expected graduation 2022, Ed. S. in Supervisor of Instruction and Ed. D. in Educational Leadership
What classes do you teach now? What have you taught before?
I currently teach Guitar 1, Guitar 2, and band classes, while previously I have taught 6-12th grade band and Music Appreciation.
Do you have a trademark expression?
“This is why we can’t have nice things.”
The best advice you would give a 20-year-old would be:
Be proactive with life. Do something meaningful. You can do any job for one year.
What would you do if you won the lottery?
I would give away much of it to family members and charities. Honestly, no one needs that much money. I would pay someone to finish remodeling my house, make time to travel, and I would get up the next morning and go to work. If you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.
If you wrote a book, what would it be about?
I would write a book about changing the way we think about education. Growth mindset is where we, as a country, need to be. For example, you may be bad at something one day and you’re still bad at it the next, but on the second day, it was a little better. That is a win! We should all be growing to better ourselves in something. It is easy to quit things that are hard and even easier to quit things that you want to get better at but struggle with. The book would focus on discussing ways to break things down and how to track progress on specific micro-goals leading to macro-goals.
Do you like scary movies or books? Any particular favorites?
I really enjoy the classic scary movies like IT, Child’s Play, Nightmare on Elm Street, etc. I enjoy a good detective thriller book. Anything by Dan Brown or James Patterson are a good time.
What old television show would you bring back?
There are so many TV shows I would want to come back, so here are my top choices: Gargoyles, Batman: the animated series, and X-Men.
What would you like to do during Spring Break?
I would like to take a cruise to the Caribbean.
What is your favorite holiday tradition?
My tradition is reading the Cajun Night Before Christmas.
What sports have you played?
I played football, basketball, and competed in track when I was in school. When I was in college, on was on LSU’s Rowing team.