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In college, Ms. Henry double majored in Mathematics and Elementary Education. When she was looking for her first job, New York had an extreme shortage of Math and Science teachers. She extended her certification to include teaching Math grades 10-12, in order to accommodate for the lack of jobs in high schools. She landed a job in a Bronx high school and found that she really loved working with high school students, and she continued to do so for the next 38 years. After teaching in the Bronx and Bronxville, she came to Mamaroneck and has been here for 15 years. Her years at MHS have been wonderful, and she has come to love and appreciate many students. Ms. Henry will be greatly missed at MHS and we wish her all the best in the future.
Mary Diffley was born in Bronx, NY, to a pair of Irish immigrants. She attended SUNY Binghamton and graduated with a BA in Spanish Language and Literature. She later attended Queens College for her Masters in Teaching English as a Second Language. Ms. Diffley has taught for a total of 34 years, 8 years in the Bronx and 26 years at Mamaroneck High School. Here at Mamaroneck, Ms. Diffley has taught a variety of subjects including both Spanish and English as a Second Language (ESL). However, when students were not proficient enough in English for their content classes, Ms. Diffley additionally taught Pre-Algebra, Global History, and US History and Government. “I work with a very supportive and professional group of colleagues,” she says. “So many of them assisted me in teaching these courses.” Ms. Diffley has loved meeting and teaching students from all over the world. The highlight of her career was to see her students progress in learning English, adapt to their new life in the United States, and graduate or choose to pursue a career of their choice. Meeting former students who have achieved the “American dream,” who are teachers, doctors and business owners and feel that they have succeeded, makes the past 34 years worthwhile.
As the school year comes to an end, so does the teaching career of Adam Sobel. Mr. Sobel, one of Mamaroneck’s most beloved teachers, has been teaching for 27 years. However, this wasn’t Mr. Sobel’s first career choice. Before beginning as a teacher, Mr. Sobel worked ten years in consumer package marketing for companies such as General Foods, L’Oreal, and Lever Brothers. After receiving his MBA in marketing, Mr. Sobel moved on to become a teacher and eventually landed at MHS. Starting as a history teacher, Mr. Sobel was quickly transferred to teaching economic classes because of his background. For the past 14 years he has been the only AP Macroeconomics teacher in the school. When asked what he loved most about teaching economics, he responded, “It’s the closeness of the staff in my department and the energy of teaching teenagers that I love most.” Although Sobel was one of the older teachers in the school, he didn’t feel like he was. Sobel stated, “In many ways I’m younger at 62 in a classroom than at 27 in an office. I look in the mirror and sometimes forget I’m an old man”. Now moving on from MHS, Mr. Sobel says he “isn’t quitting but moving onto his next career”. We wish Mr. Sobel a healthy and happy future.