Paul Dorney Opens Up

Photograph by Mia Schoenbeck.

by Mia Schoenbeck

Due to a serious car accident, Paul Dorney, the chemistry teacher at The Chicago High School for the Arts, missed much of the second semester of the 2016-2017 school year. However, he’s returned to school and has started off the year with a bang. I sat down with Mr. Dorney to talk with him about the recovery process and what being back at school was like.   

So Mr. Dorney, how has it been being back at school?

It’s been great. I love the new classes and all my old students that I’m teaching as well as the new. It’s so positive.

How was physical therapy?

It was tough, but I knew that it was all going to pay off. It’s the best of the worst situation, and I got better from it.

What was the hardest thing about physical therapy?

The hardest exercise was the squats on the monsou ball.

Is it hard being back in school?

No. It’s not. Everybody was really welcoming, and it was a much easier transition than I originally thought.

What plans do you have for being back at school?

I guess the big plans are collaborating with my new coworkers, improving the chemistry experience, and adding to the Earth Science program.

Are you glad to be teaching Earth and Space?

Yes, it’s a welcome change. I’ve asked for it for the last couple of years, and I was given two sections of it. I’m very happy.

Do you miss your old classroom?

I do a lot. I miss the setup. But, I’ve been working with the challenge 207 faced me, and it’s working well.

What are you looking forward to most about the school year?

Where the new students and the new classes take me.

Is there anyone you miss who left the school last year?

I miss them all. I don’t pick favorites. You Know me.

Well, thanks, Mr. Dorney. Glad you’re back.

Glad to be back.


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