Once on this mountain: Ms. Nicole Depew

As our academic year progresses, we welcome many new staff members. The Woodstocker caught up with some of them to chronicle the first chapter of their adventures.

Where are you coming from and where are you right now?

I’m originally from Hudson Valley, New York, but I was teaching in Kuwait before this so I’m coming from there.

I’m living in Mussoorie at present.

What subjects do you teach?

I teach English language and literature to the DP students, and I’m also an advisor.

What’s different about Woodstock from the last place you worked at?

As you know I used to work in Kuwait before this which was covered with desert from all sides, and now I work in the hills which have a really pleasant weather compared to the weather in the desert so, it’s a huge difference.

 Also, the last place I worked at was an all-girls school whereas Woodstock is a co-ed so, I get to know a lot about different students coming from different milieus.  

What are your goals for the academic year?

My primary goal this year is to make sure that my students successfully cover up all the academic material they need to. 

Since we’re still going online and it’s going to go on like this for a while, my main focus would be to accept the challenge of online teaching and help my students with their course as much as I can and eventually get them to where they should be by the end of this session. Challenge accepted!

Are there any fun facts about you that you’d like to share?

Well, before becoming a teacher I’ve had many jobs. 

I have been a Photographer, a bartender, a cook, a waitress, worked at a bookstore and a coffee shop, the list goes on! 

In conclusion, I have had many jobs until I finally figured out what I wanted to do.

What’s one thing you like about Mussoorie?

Since I come from the desert, I really adore the whole different view here! 

Also, since I’m from the Hudson Valley which is in the hills, this place is really nostalgic for me.

What’s one thing you have noticed about Woodstock students?

Students here are really open-minded, and they diligently participate in class discussions which adds more character to the class.

The class conversations are very vibrant here due to students coming from different backgrounds and sharing their own point of views and experiences. I love listening to their stories and their ideas.

Rhythm Thind is a staff reporter.

Edited by Bishalakshmi Bagchi.

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