Iconic teacher duos: partners-in-crime of the classroom

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Ah, Valentine’s Day. Whether it is a best friend or a spouse, it is a time to appreciate one’s other half. And here, within the teaching staff at Northwood, there are several iconic teacher duos whose relationships have stood out.

Kent Paris and David Monge

These two have great chemistry together. Pun intended. The two AP Chemistry teachers can be seen in each other’s classrooms very often and have one of the most iconic friendships on campus, despite the short amount of time they have been working together.

“Would you believe me if I told you we’ve been working together for only a year and a half?” Paris said. “I wouldn’t either. Did I also mention that we lived together for a little bit?”

Despite knowing each other for a brief period of time, they connected almost instantaneously and have been very close friends since.

“I would consider Mr. Paris and I as great friends,” Monge said. “Other teachers ask me if I knew Mr. Paris before he came to Northwood because we get along so well. Mr. Paris is easy-going and can deal with all my crazy ideas and shenanigans.”

Tim Horrigan and Vadim Rubin

For the 17 years that they have been together, the two humanities teachers have been referred to by many students as “Batman and Rubin, the original dynamic duo.” They can often be seen discussing and comparing dynamics in relation to what is going on in their respective classrooms.

“One of the highs in my relationship to Mr. Rubin is just constantly having him around for his great sense of humor and bouncing jokes and stories off one another,” Horrigan said. “In many ways, these conversations with him have also made me smarter because he’s smarter than I am. I always listen to him for the lowdown for what’s happening with the government and the world.”

Bound together by their common interests in humor and music, the two friends also spend a lot of their time together outside of school.

“Even though we kind of live far apart, we still get together sometimes,” Rubin said. “We’ve gone to see comedies with our respective spouses. We’ve done these department Jeopardy get-togethers at his house. And we eat lunch together a lot of times. Even though he’s retiring this year, I know we’ll still keep in close touch for many years to come.”

John and Angie Olivares

Having taught together at Northwood since 2002, the two science teachers have helped develop the school’s science curriculums into what students know today.

“One of the best moments for the both of us was seeing these programs evolve and the growth in the amount of students that have taken an interest in STEM at Northwood,” Angie said. “Since many students have had both of us as teachers, they get to know us really well and in a way, become a part of our family.”

As spouses and as teachers, it is no doubt that John and Angie bring out the best in one another.

“We are a dynamic duo despite the fact that we have not yet had a chance to sing a duo,” John jokes. “Even though I haven’t really worked closely with her since we stopped teaching AP Environmental Physics here at NHS, we get along amazingly well. We both love science, nature and the outdoors. And I personally love it when she cooks good food because I feel like I’m getting rounder.”