Interview with Ms. Conis

“What is your favorite thing about WHS?”

“Oh I think it’s watching kids in classes do some of the really cool things that you guys get to do, so like watching you guys in classes but also the really cool opportunities that you have and the classes that you get to take.”

“What do you like to do in your free time?”

“I run, I take my dog and my son for walks through the Navy Yard in Charlestown which is where I live, and I love to read—I’m a former English teacher.”

“What is one interesting fact about you that you would like people to know?”

“Oh let’s see...I always get stuck on this one…this is kind of a silly one but I’m a total klutz and I’ve broken both of my wrists!”

“What are some goals that you have set for yourself (long and short term)?”

“A short term goal is to do a really good job at being the assistant principal here and work closely with Mr. Mahoney and Mr. Chapman to make WHS a better place for you guys, and a long term goal….oh jeepers…I don’t know, I’m kind of curious to see what the future holds for me, whether it’s here at WHS or somewhere else.”

“What are some things you did in your past before coming to WHS?”

“I taught for 10 years in Melrose over at Melrose High School, and after that I was the assistant principal at Norfolk County Agricultural High School, which is an agricultural high school so it’s a farm and a high school which is really cool because there were sheep next to my office, which was really fun.”

“What are you currently reading for enjoyment?”

“A book called Dirty Love by Andre Dubus III, which is a really really good book.”

“What do you want to be doing in five years?”

“I have a couple of thoughts as to what I’d like to do and where I’d like to be, but I would like it to involve Winchester High School.”

“To what teams or clubs did you belong when you were in high school?”

“I was in the art club, I was part of the stage crew for drama, and things like National Honor Society and the Science Olympiad and stuff like that too.”

“What personal strengths do you find extremely helpful in your position at WHS?”

“I think being outgoing, being friendly, getting to know kids, and getting to know adults. I think that’s a huge huge part of the job and having people know that I always have my door open and letting people know that they can talk to me at any time.”

What hobbies do you pursue outside of WHS?

I guess running would be the biggest one, and I love to bake (I make a mean chocolate chip cookie!). I’m also a really good sewer; I love to take out my sewing machine and make stuff.”