Marco Rodriguez, Middle School Language Arts

What is your favorite thing about working at Levine Academy? Or what is your favorite part of the school year at Levine Academy?

Teaching at Levine has allowed me to experience the Jewish holidays both at school and in my own life. Hearing the shofar blown daily during the month of Elul, wearing white on Shavuot and Yom Kippur, and having the day holidays off to attend shul are just some of my favorite parts of teaching at Levine. Also, I look forward to dressing up for Purim which I hadn't done since I was a child.

If you had not become a teacher, what is something else you would be doing?

If I were not a teacher, I would have become a singer - performing R&B or Country hits. I would be a big star, too. I am thinking Garth Brooks level of greatness. However, since I cannot sing … maybe I would have become a graphic designer or web developer. Honestly, I only fantasize about option one, which includes being a member of the Temptations.

What is your favorite book and why? Last book you read?

I love reading historical fiction, particularly surrounding the history and plight of African Americans. So my first favorite book is The Color Purple by Alice Walker. Also, I enjoyed the Civil War trilogy called Beulah Land by Lonnie Coleman, and The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. If these heroes and heroines can survive these atrocities, I can maneuver through the trials and tribulations life has for me.

What has been the most important innovation you have witnessed in your lifetime?

The smartphone, of course. From social media to Uber to instant access to information, the convenience the smartphone provides is invaluable.

Please include anything else you would like us to know (i.e. Background, Education, # of children in your family, etc.)

I credit the Dallas Jewish community for helping guide me through my childhood and adolescence and providing so much to me as an adult. It is an honor to give back to this same community by working at Levine.