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Teacher Profile: Melanie MacFadden

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Ms. MacFadden is known by many for her droll commentary. Photo by Leila Siegel.

If you’re taking AP Literature & Composition or English 12, you might know Melanie MacFadden.

MacFadden is known by some for her dry humorous remarks on the literature covered in her classes.

Many students enjoy her class and listening to her commentary on the books they are assigned to read. In turn, MacFadden, who has been teaching for 19 years, enjoys instructing.

“[I like] just being able to go more in depth into the literature than you would in a regular class… it’s a privilege to come to work everyday,” MacFadden said.

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She likes the books that are part of the AP Lit curriculum.

“I like certain aspects of [the books]… there are things I like about them that make them enjoyable to teach,” MacFadden said. She cites different literary perspectives as the most interesting part of the novels.

Her least favorite part is when she has to give students poor marks.

“I like to see my students succeed, so I don’t like having to deal with when a student… just isn’t doing their work,” MacFadden said.

Senior Marie-Andrea Djehli-Yahot likes MacFadden’s personality.

“She is very funny but also really relatable… So I feel like I can ask her anything,” Djehli-Yahot said.

Good grades or bad grades, a lot of students can agree that MacFadden is one of the wittier teachers at WJ.

 

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This is senior Leila Siegel’s second year on The Pitch Online as the Online Feature Editor. Besides writing articles, Leila participates in the school’s symphonic orchestra and WJ S*T*A*G*E’s pit orchestra. She is also involved in the Black Student Union, Amnesty International club and the Read, Grow, Live Club. In her spare time, Leila enjoys sleeping and watching Netflix. She is excited to see what this year will bring to The Pitch Online. [email protected]
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