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How Are Our Teachers Like Their Zodiac Signs?

Whether or not you believe in astrology, you have to admit that it can be eerily accurate at times. Most of us have scrolled through the Costar astrology app thinking “that’s so me.” My sun sign, which is Sagittarius, tells me that I have thought-out ideas of right and wrong and that I value my […]

Whether or not you believe in astrology, you have to admit that it can be eerily accurate at times. Most of us have scrolled through the Costar astrology app thinking “that’s so me.” My sun sign, which is Sagittarius, tells me that I have thought-out ideas of right and wrong and that I value my independence, which I totally do. It also says I’m hilarious, which really solidifies its credibility for me.

But there are still some people who are hesitant to fully trust astrology, however, so let’s put it to the test with CB’s faculty.

Scorpios are known for their intensity, willpower, and problem-solving skills. Succeeding in leadership positions, they are ambitious and tend to overwork themselves in order to achieve their goals. Sound familiar? Room 402’s Mr. Tom English is an October Scorpio.

According to one astrological analysis, Scorpios have more success as administrators rather than teachers because of their tendency to try and outdo their co-workers. Former and current students will remember his feud with Mrs. Nicole Brousseau and Ms. Marian Shackel involving pig theft and evil haikus, as well as daily mantras declaring his supremacy over his fellow teachers.

Mr. Casey Reeve ’04 is a Capricorn, which is clear in his hard work and connection to traditions as an alum. Mr. Reeve is very down-to-earth, which makes sense because Capricorn is an earth sign.

Mrs. Brousseau, who says she loved looking at astrology as a teenager, is a Cancer, as reflected in her passion and loyalty to friends and family. Cancers thrive in workplaces that value community, which is fundamental to CB. That Cancer loyalty is also evident in the twenty years Ms. Brousseau has been working at CB.

When I asked her about the merits of the zodiac, she said, “I don’t think I would use astrology to plan my life or my lotto numbers, but I think it’s fun to read.” But apparently CB has Cosmopolitan‘s Horoscope to thank for Ms. Brousseau’s employment, “I decided to teach, because my horoscope in the Cosmo magazine said I would be a good teacher.”

CB veteran and alum Mrs. Mary Alice Spinelli ’99 is also a Cancer. Her chart says that starting ideas and actions in others is important to her, which she does in her Christian Morality and Freshman Religion classes. Like Mrs. Brousseau, Mrs. Spinelli has been working at CB for many years and is loyal to her friends and family. It’s all there in the chart.

Mrs. Maureen Wanket is a Sagittarius, which means that she values a clean and minimalist workspace, which I can attest is very true. As a fire sign, she is prone to being spontaneous, outgoing, and energetic, a vibe she brings to prayer services with her signature rhymes. She hardly knows a stranger thanks to her Sagittarius sociability.

Energetic and positive Mr. Thomas Guro ’03 is an Aries, as you can tell by his driven and passionate approach to teaching. He’s always in a good mood, as charisma and warmth are Aries traits.

Fellow religion teacher Mr. Pat Hayes is a Pisces, which is visible in his gentle, empathetic, and compassionate vibe. Mr. Hayes is never opposed to having a conversation with students around campus, which makes sense because Pisces are very emotionally invested and ambitious when it comes to their jobs.

Pisces have vast emotional intelligence, which is an important aspect of being a religion teacher. Mr. Hayes says that teaching religion allows students to explore relationships. “I think it allows for us to get to the source of how we operate in our relationships with family, friends, self, and God.”

When I asked him if he thought astrology was real, he told me “I think the value of astrology is realizing that it puts our personhood in touch with the planets and the stars and the moon.” Leave it to a Pisces to get deep.

You get out of astrology what you put in. At the very least, it’s a fun game of personal reflection, and at the most it’s a fortune teller. The stakes are not very high. Real or not, astrology is a great way to not only connect with our inner selves, but also to each other. Thinking about the qualities that make up a person helps us understand one another a lot better, bringing us closer together.

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