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The Student News Site of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School

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The Student News Site of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School

The Talon

Married Teachers at GC

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Love is in the air, among several faculty members at Good Counsel.

As the saying goes, “Teamwork makes the dream work,” and in the realm of education, this sentiment couldn’t be more fitting. This is the reality for married teachers, whose partnership extends far beyond the walls of their homes and into the hearts and minds of their students. In this article, we delve into the symbiotic relationship of married teachers, exploring how their shared dedication to both their profession and each other enriches the educational experience for all involved.


The Curtins

Mr. Curtin and Ms. Breen, dedicated English educators at our school, share their paths to teaching and the unique dynamics of their partnership in the classroom.

Mr. Curtain and Ms. Breen (Zimka Aghazu ’26)

Mr. Curtin’s journey into teaching was not a conventional one. Initially drawn to the allure of mastering the English language, he found inspiration in the transformative experiences he had with his high school English teachers. Despite initially pursuing a different academic path, his passion for English eventually led him to pursue a degree in education, where he found his calling as an English teacher.

Similarly, Ms. Breen’s passion for English was ignited by her freshman-year teacher, who challenged her to realize her full potential in reading and writing. This pivotal experience set her on a path toward a career in English education, driven by a desire to inspire and empower students to discover their voices.

Their paths crossed at our school, where Mr. Curtin, at Good Counsel for five years at the time, welcomed Ms. Breen into the fold. Despite their differing backgrounds and approaches to teaching, they found common ground in their shared commitment to their students and the English language.

When asked if managing their time as educators proved to be a challenging yet rewarding endeavor, Mr. Curtis remarked “We managed our time aggressively poorly” in response. With demanding workloads and looming deadlines, they admitted to struggling with time management. However, their shared dedication to their craft and each other helps them navigate the complexities of balancing work and personal life. Finding solace in shared activities like reading and napping, they make the most of their limited downtime.

A supportive faculty community plays a crucial role in maintaining a positive work environment for Mr. Curtin and Ms. Breen. They lean on each other for support.

“Sometimes it’s being the wall for the person hitting the ball; being the person who can simply listen and understand” — Mr. Curtin 

In the classroom, their complementary teaching styles create a dynamic learning environment for their students. While Mr. Curtin brings structure and depth to his lessons, Ms. Breen infuses warmth and empathy, creating a balance that resonates with their students. Their collaborative efforts extend beyond the classroom, as they align their teaching approaches to ensure continuity and coherence across their respective courses.

Reflecting on their shared experiences, Ms. Breen fondly refers to her students as “ducklings,” highlighting the sense of nurturing and guidance she provides in the first year of the HL course they both teach. In contrast, Mr. Curtin’s second year HL students find comfort in his straightforward approach. Together, they form a cohesive teaching duo, leaving a lasting impact on each graduating class they teach.

Mr. Curtin and Ms. Breen’s partnership stands as a testament to the power of collaboration and dedication. Through their unwavering commitment to their students and each other, they continue to inspire those around them. It is no wonder they were chosen as GC’s Favorite Couple last year, as they leave an indelible mark on our school community.


The Haights

I have had the pleasure to have both Mr. and Mrs. Haight, renowned educators at our school, as my teachers. This interview provides a glimpse into their shared journey through the realm of science and education, highlighting the unique twists and turns that brought them together.

Mr. and Mrs. Haight (Zimka Aghazu ’26)

Mrs. Haight’s academic trajectory veered from her initial plans in healthcare, pivoting towards biology during her college years. A serendipitous encounter with a Washington Post job ad led her to our school, where a roller skate-clad colleague sealed the deal with a memorable interview. Reflecting on this unconventional start, she fondly recalled, “Joey Cabigas comes by in a dress, wearing roller skates; and after the interview, they offered me the job right then and there.”

Mr. Haight, on the other hand, found his calling in chemistry after a stint in biotechnology left him craving more diversity and interaction. Drawn by his wife’s invitation and a desire for a new challenge, he embraced the opportunity to teach and coach lacrosse at our institution.

They have known each other for quite a sobering time now. They first really met at St. Joseph’s church. However, Mr. Haight’s mom was Mrs. Haight’s third-grade teacher, so occasional interactions were expected.

Their professional journey mirrors their bond, forged over years of shared experiences and mutual respect. From their college days to their current roles as educators, they find solace and joy in each other’s company. As Mrs. Haight quipped, “If we didn’t work together, we’d hardly see each other.”

Within the bustling science department, their collaboration is legendary, earning them the admiration of colleagues and students alike. Their teaching styles complement each other seamlessly, creating a dynamic learning environment that fosters curiosity and growth. “The science department has to be the best. You can ask any student in the building and that would be their exact answer. We are very collegial and we have the best colleagues,” Mrs. Haight affirmed.

Their proudest moments stem not from accolades or achievements, but from the countless lives they’ve touched and the legions of students who’ve gone on to pursue careers in medicine, inspired by their mentorship.

Reflecting on cherished memories, they fondly recalled faculty game nights filled with laughter and camaraderie. “We had a mock race, and it was a lot of fun,” Mrs. Haight reminisced, highlighting the spirit of camaraderie that permeates our school community. Mr. Haight’s favorite memory was that of Dante’s Inferno of the Bats. “There was a teacher, Dante, who did the bat spin and rammed into the wall; busting up the drywall. Favorite. Memory. Ever.”

Their mutual admiration is palpable, with Mr. Haight drawn to his wife’s infectious laughter and radiant smile, while Mrs. Haight marvels at her husband’s ability to captivate students with his unwavering dedication and passion for teaching. “I love how Mr. Haight captivates his students,” she remarked, “It’s hard not to pay attention in his class.”

Mr. and Mrs. Haight’s partnership stands as a testament to the transformative power of shared purpose, mutual respect, and enduring love. Their enduring partnership not only enriches the lives of their students but also illuminates the boundless possibilities that arise when passion and purpose intersect. In celebrating their remarkable contributions, we honor not only their legacy but also their dedication to the realm of teaching.


The Cabigases

Mr. and Mrs. Cabigas share their journey as a teaching couple, offering a glimpse into the profound impact of their shared passions and personal connections on both their professional and personal lives.

Mrs. Cabigas’s initial career aspirations in psychology and mental health counseling took an unexpected turn when she discovered her love for teaching high school students during a teaching position at a Catholic high school in Massachusetts. Reflecting on this pivotal moment, she expressed, “I fell in love with teaching high school students. I believe it was then that I knew my calling was to teach.”

Mr. and Mrs. Cabigas (Zimka Aghazu ’26)

Beyond the confines of the classroom, the Cabigas couple finds joy and connection in a myriad of shared interests. From outdoor adventures like hiking and kayaking to exploring local history and travel, their mutual love for exploration and discovery serves as a cornerstone of their relationship. Yet, it’s their shared laughter that truly binds them together. Mrs. Cabigas emphasized the importance of humor in their relationship, stating, “Laughter can de-escalate a situation, relieve tension, and get you through some of the tough moments that life can bring you.”

Their initial connection at our school was rooted in their shared love for teaching high school students, complemented by their complementary personalities. Mrs. Cabigas humorously recalled their first meeting, where she held the position of Dean of Students and Mr. Cabigas was a Science teacher.

Navigating the demands of their profession is a priority for the Cabigas couple, who make concerted efforts to carve out quality time together amidst their busy schedules. Whether it’s shared family dinners or stolen moments over early morning coffee, they cherish these moments of connection.

Supporting each other’s professional growth and development is paramount to their relationship. Their collaborative efforts, such as conducting a food waste analysis at our school, serve as a testament to their shared commitment to innovation and improvement. Additionally, joint activities like field trips and service projects allow them to not only support each other but also enrich the educational experiences of their students.

Despite the inevitable stresses of their profession, the Cabigas couple maintains a positive work environment through their shared passion for teaching. They manage stress through self-care strategies like engaging in fun activities, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and prioritizing sleep.

Their teaching styles, while distinct, complement each other seamlessly, fostering an environment of mutual respect and growth. While they may not teach the same subject, their diverse backgrounds enrich the educational experience for their students, offering a multifaceted perspective that transcends traditional boundaries.

Reflecting on heartwarming moments from their experiences as a teaching couple, Mrs. Cabigas shared the joy of reconnecting with former students and witnessing their growth into adulthood. She also expressed gratitude for the supportive community at our school, which has nurtured their daughter’s growth and friendships.

In the classroom and beyond, Mr. and Mrs. Cabigas embody the spirit of collaboration, dedication, and compassion that defines the teaching profession. Their shared commitment to education, coupled with their unwavering love and support for each other, serves as an inspiration to us all.

As we conclude this exploration into the lives of married teaching couples, we are reminded of the profound impact of love, dedication, and collaboration within the realm of education. From the Curtins to the Haights to the Cabigases, each couple’s story is a testament to the transformative power of shared purpose and mutual respect. As they navigate the complexities of teaching, they exemplify the true essence of partnership, leaving a mark on their students, colleagues, and school community. Through their unwavering commitment to each other and their profession, they continue to inspire and uplift, proving that together, they truly make a difference in the lives of those they touch.