This year, McMahon welcomed Ms. Jacquelyn Aarons as the new freshman housemaster. Aarons started as an English teacher, then head of the English department and later became assistant principal at Norwalk High School.
Aarons has multiple degrees- her bachelors from the University of Connecticut, an administrative degree from Southern Connecticut State University and secondary education masters from the University of Bridgeport.
When asked why she wanted to become a housemaster, Aarons responded, “ I have always liked to work with kids.” She goes on to say, “high school is such a short period of time where there is a lot of things put on top of kids to do. You have to become an adult in four years.”
High school is a very stressful time for teens because they grow up and change so much. A recent NYU study found that nearly half (49%) of high school students surveyed reported feeling a great deal of stress on a daily basis and 31 percent reported feeling somewhat stressed.
She also really likes supporting teachers. She enjoys collaborating with them and finding different ways to make each lesson plan interesting but more importantly fun for the teachers and students. “I’m enjoying [McMahon] so far. It’s like where everything is the same but everything is different. Kids are the same, teachers are the same but the process is different so I have to relearn a lot of things. It’s like being a freshman. School is the same but it’s all different.”
When asked what she thinks students want to know, she replied, “kids all want to know that somebody is on their side… I do the discipline and all that kind of stuff but it’s a judgment-free zone. Let’s own it and then move forward. I think that’s what life’s about.” Aarons believes that everything is an opportunity to learn.
Aarons has also been very involved with band and color guard throughout her life. “My whole life I’ve been in marching band and color guard.” From teaching at Norwalk High and teaching other bandsmen, she shows her dedication to the activity. She currently teaches the winter guard group at Sacred Heart University. “That’s about all I have time for... It’s my passion, I love it. It was life-changing for me which is why I do it and just do something that they love and are passionate about and just run with it.”
She is also a judge for competitions. For many years, she was a participant, instructor or show designer. Aarons is still friends with people she has met through guard and has even worked with some of them.
Though Aarons has just begun her time at McMahon, she is a wonderful member of our Senator family. We cannot wait to have a great year.