Hello, students and parents!
My name is Mr. McGroarty, and I’ve been teaching for over ten years in public, charter, private, and religious schools. I earned a B.F.A. in Theater Arts from Boston University and hold single-subject teaching credentials in English, Social Studies, and Music.
In addition to teaching, I’ve worked professionally in the music industry as a producer, composer, and songwriter as well as in theater as an actor and director.
My teaching philosophy is traditional, classical, and knowledge-based. Basically, this means that I have high expectations for student behavior and academic performance, and I think students should learn as much as possible about all subjects.
My personality lends itself to a life of learning and introspection, and I am quite content spending my days reading, listening to music, practicing piano, watching old movies, and discussing current events with friends. I try to balance this out with physical activities such as hiking, biking, swimming, and, well, house-cleaning!
At the same, I can become quite animated about subjects I'm passionate about, and I love to chat with my students about the things that they are passionate about. Whether my students are athletes, scientists, or computer programmers, I'm always happy to support them.
I'm fortunate to have had been taught by teachers and professors of a wide variety of personalities and teaching styles. This has taught me that in order to be a good teacher, I have to extend my personality to all the different types of learners in the room. At the same time, I've learned that in order to be a good student, it's important to do my best to "connect" with whatever kind of teacher I have.
As an English, Social Studies, and Music teacher, I think it’s especially important for students to learn grammar, to read classic literature, to discuss history and civics, and to become well-acquainted with the foundations of music.
Students in my classes will be exposed to diverse and challenging stories, ideas, and cultures. Yes, it will be hard work, but it will also be fun! We're going to learn about music in many different ways, so if you're a little bit nervous, don't worry! Just bring a good attitude to class and try your best.
The most important thing you should know is that I value and respect whatever ideas, opinions, and experiences you bring to class. I'm here to help you learn and excel!