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The Secret Life Of Teachers

Grading homework, creating tests, correcting papers: these are some of the most important jobs of a teacher, and it is easy to assume that it is all teachers do when they get home. However, this is actually far from the truth. Many of the teachers at CB live fascinating lives outside of school, pursuing different […]

Grading homework, creating tests, correcting papers: these are some of the most important jobs of a teacher, and it is easy to assume that it is all teachers do when they get home. However, this is actually far from the truth. Many of the teachers at CB live fascinating lives outside of school, pursuing different hobbies and even working side hustles.

If you have ever taken Mr. Rob Boriskin’s ceramics class, you probably would have noticed that a majority of his aprons advertise the same bagel shop. This seems like a weird coincidence, and if you were curious about why this is like I was, it is because they came from the bagel shop Mr. Borskin used to own. 

It is only natural to wonder how one even gets in to the bagel business. Mr. Borskin was working in the Department of Veterans Affairs and decided to work for a campaign for a gubernatorial candidate who unfortunately lost the election. This tough loss obviously did not get in Mr. Borskin’s way and actually led him to a new career path.

“I had been working with veterans in small business and I said, ‘You know what? I should just do this for myself.’ So I just started doing all the research.” 

Bagels seem like such a random thing for a first-time business owner to get into, but there is a lot of meaning behind bagels for Mr. Borskin.

“I was raised in Southern California in Los Angeles, and I used to go to Fairfax, which had a lot of delis, every weekend with my parents and our weekends were going down there and eating bagels and cream cheese. It was like this special thing. There were no bagels in Sacramento that I really liked, so I figured, I could do that!”

Creating a business from scratch can be a daunting task, but Mr. Borskin’s motivation drove him to get it done and he did most of the work himself.

“I wrote the concept for the business, I developed the business plan, so I did all of the bureaucratic pragmatic stuff. Then I got funding through loans to do the small business through the Small Business Administration and I found a place.”

When Mr. Borskin’s bagel shop was finally at reach, he realized that it was no longer a side hustle — this was a full time job.

“All this time I was still working for the Department of Veterans Affairs, and then the place was about to be there and I went ‘Oh my god, I have to be there!’ So I left and worked full time with the business. I did that for a year and that’s a really hard job, so I hired managers and then I went back to work for the state and let my wife run the business.”

Just as any big and new experience would, Mr. Borskin’s dive into the small business world changed him in more ways than one.

“I think people who have not been in business don’t understand the work involved in it. I came from a family that always worked for others and I never saw anybody do their own business; I was the first one in the family to do that, so it was really stepping outside of my comfort zone and I learned a lot and started to appreciate a lot of things that I didn’t in the past.”

History teacher Mrs. Erin Hanshew is one of the most down to Earth people you will ever meet in more ways than one. Not many students may know this, but Mrs. Hanshew has had a lot of experience hiking and one of the most impressive hikes she has done is the Pacific Crest Trail, a hiking trail that stretches from Mexico to Canada and can take anywhere from two to six months to complete. 

Mrs. Hanshew’s hobby of hiking started accidentally and out of good fun.

“I hiked with my family a little bit when I was younger, but when I was a senior in high school, a couple friends and I just started going hiking on the weekends,” she says. “We lived in the foothills of Southern California and we would do a Sunday hike together and then cook brunch. That was when I first started hiking on my own and then when I went to [UC] Davis and my husband Brett and I met — he is a biologist and spends a lot of time outside — we started hiking together a lot when I met him.”

A desire for adventure and a change in career paths unintentionally led Mrs. Hanshew to her decision to hike the PCT.

“I had always wanted to travel and have a sense of adventure and I had thought a lot about it and the idea seemed really cool. I was working at this job that I didn’t think I wanted to stay in forever and it became something that when I quit I was either gonna go travel or go hiking, and traveling is more expensive, so I decided to hike for six months. I didn’t know anyone who had done long distance hikes before, so it just sounded interesting.”

Hiking the PCT is extremely difficult. While the trail is physically very demanding, being around nature and its beauty brought Mrs. Hanshew joy and confidence to keep going.

“I was not always very pleasant — I think I was probably the most real version of me. I usually try to see things with a positive spin and I genuinely think that I have a positive outlook on life. That was not necessarily the case during the PCT. The longer you go the more you get into the routine of it. You don’t even think about the fact that you are walking from Mexico to Canada — you just kind of wake up in the morning and you know that the sun’s gonna be on your right hand side because you are walking North. You are in tune with nature and the earth. It is physically tough. You are basically walking a marathon every day and you start to wear out.”

Despite how difficult the journey was, Mrs. Hanshew and her husband have shared countless memories of the hike and met many new friends that made the demanding trek worth every second.

“Before I started hiking, I was worried that I wouldn’t make any good friends, but we actually made some really close friends. The coolest thing for me was just wanting to be with myself and knowing that I didn’t need to rely on Brett; he helped me a lot, but it was my own two feet that carried me. The feeling of self sufficiency I had I was just really really proud of.”

Much of the fond memories Mrs. Hanshew has are simply from living in the moment and soaking up everything the Earth offers.

“Some good memories are just alone with Brett and I walking and talking about literally anything and then I have some really nice memories in the Sierra. We would get to little towns and we would stay there for a couple days and go to the river and go swimming with friends and relax and have these perfect idealistic summer days.”

While all these memories are special, Mrs. Hanshew also received the gift of a lifetime, making hiking for Mrs. Hanshew and her husband that much more special.

“At the end we got engaged!”

In the classroom, it is clear that English teacher Mrs. Maureen Wanket truly has a deep love for literature. Listening to her speak in class and during prayer services, it is obvious that she has a way with words that makes people want to listen. So it comes as no surprise that along with being a literature teacher, Mrs. Wanket is also an author and has written many books that have been published.

She has written 13 books since 2005, many falling under that category of fiction for adults and young adults, which is the genre Mrs. Wanket prefers to write. 

While Mrs. Wanket has enjoyed literature since she was a child, it wasn’t until she gave birth to Margaret Wanket (’22), her second daughter, that she realized her dream doing more with this passion and becoming an author.

“I have loved to write since I was little, but then after giving birth to Margaret, that process really made me understand nothing could really stop me from doing what I wanted to do.”

Being an author benefits Mrs.Wanket in many ways as it gives her the opportunity to meet new writers as well as her readers. Literature has also given her many social and career opportunities.

“I have met wonderful people. Some of my favorite writers, like my idols, are now my friends. Being a part of the literary community is a real joy. Now I’m in an MFA program and once I get my MFA, I will be able to teach college. I get to meet readers and it’s really fun.”

Just like students, the lives of teachers are jam packed with activities that are not school related, and teachers, in some amazing way, find the time to teach the next generation as well as live their lives to the fullest. The next time you are patiently awaiting a grade on a project due weeks ago, remember that you are not the only one with a life outside of school. 

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