Teacher Feature: Mr. Valois
By staff writer Evelyn Rutherford
From potatoes to pears (inside joke), Mr. Alain Valois has been with us for two years now as a 7th grade teacher. I bet you didn’t know this much about him though…
Q) Where did you grow up?
A) In Montreal, in Quebec, Canada.
Q) How did you become a math teacher?
A) I wanted to make a difference in the world. I struggled in math in middle school, and wanted to help students avoid feeling the same way.
Q) How many years have you been a math teacher?
A) Since 2001, so about 16 years.
Q) What would you change about Bay Farm School?
A) Class bells for the middle schoolers would help with time awareness.
Q) Are you more of a dog person or a cat person?
A) I have to admit, I am a cat person.
Q) What is the funniest moment you’ve had while teaching?
A) I was telling a personal story involving some physical pain and blood, when suddenly, one of my students passed out and slipped from her chair onto the floor. In the moment, it wasn’t funny at all, but once she came to and got herself off the floor, we had a good laugh about it.
Mr. Valois has been an interesting person to laugh and study with. I love his class and I hope the 6th graders discover what a wonderful math teacher he is and that math isn’t boring the way that he teaches it. By the way, it is pronounced Mr. Val-wa!