History Dept - Mr. Franklin Science Dept - Dr. Schumer Language Arts Dept - Mr. Hayden Math Dept - Cha Kil-yong
Mr. Franklin collects toby mugs. He occasionally brings in one or more that he has of people we're learning about, and uses them during the lesson. Dr Schumer actually has three papers published in major journals, related to metahuman biogenetics. Nobody's quite sure why she's teaching at the secondary level (love of learning? giving back to the community? eyeing the kids as test subjects?), but Gardner's glad for the added prestige. Mr Hayden is a huge SF nerd. Rumor has it he was also, behind the scenes, ruthless about becoming the department head. Mr Kil-yong is about the hats. He wears the same hat through an entire unit, the idea being that it's a visual cue to related concepts. Also, he likes the hats.
updated with pictures and whatnot. If you need to link images in the future, you should be able to refer to those.
Question for the in-mates, especially the Gardner lifers: Tell us about your favorite teacher on campus (could be those above, but doesn't have to be; they're department heads, but not the whole department). (New students probably get a pass on this, or not - your call.)
Jason is actually a big fan of Mr Jim "J.T." Gosling, who teaches English Lit. The guy has a quiet passion for Shakespeare that had Jason regretting last semester that they had to actually talk about and read some other British writers. Very unflashy, unpretentious, with a excellent, expressive reading style. Born in South Africa, stayed in the States after college. Has won the school chili cook-off three of the last four years
Keeping it super... GYRO (real name unrevealed) teaches "border science" and metahuman ethics at Gardner Academy. She has visible cybernetics, notably her eyes, and most of her body seems to be modified somehow. Her arms are known to be prosthetic. She does not use a conventional name, preferring "Ms. GYRO". She does not speak about her origin, though the students trade rumors. She teaches advanced classes on scientific and technical topics, educating students who are becoming either engineers or business-people in high-tech areas. She teaches an elective on metahuman ethics and philosophy: the value of life, the proper use of super-powers, and so on. The course is on an invite-only basis, for students with demonstrated powers. She is taciturn and humorless most of the time. Despite that, she has an inordinate fondness for red pandas (real, plush, or cartoon).
I feel like Ms. GYRO would be the teacher who at the beginning of the year tells all the students that, even if they think they are being sneaky with their phones, they aren't. Even if their face doesn't light up, nobody looks down at their crotch and smiles. And if they did, she would be happy to sign them up for Home Ec to learn sex ed. Harry's favorite teacher is Mr. Babcock, the chemistry teacher. He completely resigned to the fact that his name has 'cock' in it and he works with high schoolers, as well as his resemblance to Doc Brown from Back to the Future, even going so far as to have a picture of the Doctor on his desk. Babcock tends to live up to his resemblance, as he always has a fun experiment or demonstration to help the kids understand the concepts. He teaches normal chem and AP Chem, which is known to be to hardest AP offered at Gardner Academy. Yet it is because of him that students line up to get into that class. He won the chili cook off last year, stealing the title from the previous reigning champ Mr. Gosling. No one is quite sure what happened, but the English professor's award-wining chili just didn't turn out right. Fingers were pointed at the winner, until it was discovered that the Home Ec teacher Mr. Piras had sabotaged all the spices in his cabinet to find the person who had been stealing them. The whole affair was swept under the rug and, at this point, no chili contest has been announced for the 2017-18 school year. He also is science nerd, having a mug that says on the back of it "σππ" or sigma pi pi, which is the strongest bond there can be between molecules.
Mr Gosling sees your mug and raises with something even more Gardner-appropriate.. (Mutter mutter chili contest mutter ...)
Over the years, Babcock has collected a large array of mugs, given to him by former students. It's all from his love of coffee, starting with this mug: After that they have given him a large range of science themed mugs. It has become a running joke between him and Mr. Gosling that if he isn't careful, Gosling will end up with just as many mugs someday.
Too late. Even Mr Franklin has weighed in.
The kids started bombarding both teachers with mugs. And thus the Mug Wars started. Eventually it grew out of control (Babcock didn't have enough room for all the mugs he had recieved) and Admin intervened, ending the whole affair.
I agree that many of those science mugs are mugestic. The Shakespeare mugs are a bit intermugiary, but they were given to an english teacher, so what can you do. They tend to be a little melodramugic, overreacting to the smallest things, like chili contests.
To paraphrase the the Bard, "Shut your mug." [ Hamlet , 3.4.94]