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Q&A with new AP Mia Dellanini

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Why did you come to HHS?

“This is my neighborhood, my community since I live in Seminole Heights so I wanted to work at a school that is part of my community.”

What’s your past experience with administration?

“I have been an AP in Pasco County for four years. Pasco County is also where I started teaching when I moved to Florida. I was at a high school there where I taught a classroom of freshmen through seniors.”

What are your first impressions of Hillsborough so far?

“I think it’s great. We have a beautiful school and many, many great students.”

What had you heard before coming to HHS?

“Mixed things. I think that many people in the community, especially people new to Seminole Heights, don’t realize what a great school this is and what a great turnaround it’s had in the past few years. I’ve heard wonderful things from people who’ve been here and known it, and other things from people who really weren’t aware and were just basing off assumptions.”

What are you most excited about for this year?

“Working with the kids and seeing an increase in our graduation rate and our math scores continuing to rise.”

What do you hope to accomplish?

“Those two things, specifically. I’m a math teacher so my background  is in math and working with algebra and geometry and finding new ways (to work with the teachers) for our students to pass those tests.”

Why did you become interested in education?

“I think that education has had such an impact in my life, like I came from a family that valued it and I saw how it an change the trajectory of a student’s life and I wanted to be a part of it.”

What is your best memory from the classroom?

“Seeing my kids succeed. You know, I taught math; middle school math all the way up to high school math and there were some real challenges but seeing my kids succeed was the best part of it.”

Why did you choose to teach math?

“I had really strong math teachers in high school, and I wasn’t really the strongest math student, but I had teachers who would not give up and would try different ways and show me different ways to solve things and it just clicked That’s what I fell in to.”

What’s your favorite part of Hillsborough so far?

“The kids, the Big Red’s sense of community. I’d like to see kids more active in the community, there are lots of needs here and I think we have a really talented group that could fulfill what we need around here.”

What’s has surprised you about this job?

“High school is high school, high school students are high school students. You know, I’ve been doing this job for a very long time but stepping into Hillsborough High School I think that people always have notions about things but there are great students here and I never expected anything different, but the kids here want to succeed just like kids anywhere.”

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