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Teacher of the Week: Mr. Hegarty

Michaela Carter, Staff Reporter

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Mr. Hugh Hegarty is well known around La Salle for his passion for history and effective organizational skills in teaching his classes. To find out more about Mr. Hegarty, we asked him some questions about his life before coming to La Salle, his life outside of La Salle, and what he enjoys about teaching history.

History before La Salle:

Mr. Hegarty has been at La Salle since 2005. He has always loved history, and always wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps of being a history teacher. Before coming to La Salle, Mr. Hegarty taught in New York at a Christian Brothers school. “I’ve always been attracted to the educational philosophies of the Christian Brothers,” he said. “Of course when the opening at La Salle came I was interested in continuing my career here”.

Organizational skills:

“Well, it’s all about organization and effective planning. I try to plan at least a week out so I know where we’re going with the class. I try to give the students as much advance notice as possible with upcoming projects and assessments”.

Challenges as a teacher:

Mr. Hegarty is very dedicated to effectively managing class time, and notes that he likes to cover all of the possible lessons associated with each class that he teaches. The most challenging part of being a teacher is “probably not getting to cover everything that I would like to,” he said. “It seems as though there is just so much that we could potentially cover, but have limited class time to get everything done”.

I just love the students. That’s why we are all here.”

— Mr. Hegarty

Things he enjoys most about teaching history:

Mr. Hegarty says that “the sense of the community here at La Salle is wonderful. It is just a joy coming to work everyday”. It was very hard for Mr. Hegarty to pick his favorite lesson to teach, although he eventually settled on “the impeachment simulation where the class impeaches one of the students and we go through the whole trial and possible removal” of that student.

Things he enjoys to do outside of school:  

Outside of Mr. Hegarty’s busy work schedule, he enjoys hiking, hanging out with his kids, watching baseball, and traveling.

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  1. Rebecca Ly on September 24th, 2017 10:36 pm

    I had Mr. Hegarty for U.S. History last year and it was such a fun and enjoyable experience! Mr. Hegarty is an amazing organizer and always has the week planned out. This was super nice for me because I knew what assignments I would have to do for the week in advance, so I could start on them whenever I had extra time (and thus, I could free up my schedule). I really wish some of my other teachers could do this as well. I’ve always really admired this and appreciated this from Mr. Hegarty and I’m glad he’s finally teacher of the week! He definitely deserves it 🙂

    Also, I will never forget the visual guessing games! I miss USH already.

  2. Derek Wong on October 2nd, 2017 8:59 am

    APUSH was one of my favorite classes last year because Mr. Hegarty is actually interested in teaching history. I’ve got fond memories of being absolutely roasted in the baron robber simulation because I was playing Rockefeller. I would take a class taught by Hegarty in a heartbeat.

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