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  • Pacy Kamanzi

Interview with Dr. Landry

Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes one's character, caliber, and the future of an individual. If people remember you as a good teacher, that will be your biggest honor. Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. Studying is only enjoyable and fun when you feel closer and in touch with the one who teaches you. I am going to tell you about an amazing teacher I met at Oxford Academy. His name is Dr. Landry. He is a friendly teacher and a cooperative teacher with whom I got in touch when I first came to Oxford Academy. We enjoyed our time during my history class telling each other stories in French, since he is one of the few teachers who actually speaks French at Oxford Academy.

Dr Landry teaches three subjects at Oxford Academy, and these are English, U.S. history, and French. He was born in south Louisiana. Louisiana is a southeastern U.S. state on the Gulf of Mexico. tells us that Louisiana's "history as a melting pot of French, African, American and French-Canadian cultures is reflected in its Creole and Cajun cultures." Louisiana's largest city, New Orleans, is known for the Mardi Gras festival, the French Quarter, jazz, and St. Louis Cathedral.

Dr. Landry was born into a huge family, and he has many cousins as well. He had a chance to know more people from his mother's side, however he didn't get a chance to know more people from his father's side because his father died when Dr. Landry was very young, and the experience wiped away all interest in knowing more of his father's side of the family. He studied his primary classes, high school, and college in his home place, and then he moved to England for his Graduate classes. When he got to high school, he dreamt of working in a French speaking country for Doctors without Borders, even though his mother would tell him that he would be a waste collector, teasing him because when he was a little boy, he always cried and wanted to go with them whenever they took garbage to the dump.

Dr. Landry decided to be a teacher because he had been teaching for a while and he enjoyed it, but mainly he decided to be a teacher after experiencing the difficulties students in the university face when they literally can't write. This gives them a hard time when writing essays, and so he moved in to assist them and he ended up being a teacher. Dr Landry tolerates some students who are late to his class not on purpose, but on the other hand, he is somewhat strict to students who are late on purpose. This really defines who he is in terms of students lateness. He likes getting closer to his students during class and telling them some jokes to create a good vibe, which really seems enjoyable to his students. He has a funny and interesting calligraphic handwriting, and he keeps working on it when he has free time.

What Dr. Landry likes most about Oxford Academy is the one-to-one teaching, which is unique. I also haven't seen such a thing before, but it is surely very interesting and it helps students to get out of their comfort zones and try to share ideas with their teachers, which is really good. I hope True Blue readers enjoyed getting to know Dr. Landry from the interview I conducted with him, and I hope you have an opportunity to know him even better.


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