Faculty Spotlights Sabbaticals: Larry Fitzpatrick & Hugo Caraballo
by Alexander Chen on Friday, February 26th, 2016
With second semester underway, we welcome back Larry Fitzpatrick and Hugo Caraballo from their first semester sabbaticals.
Mr. Hugo Caraballo is a member of the Modern Language Department. He currently teaches four sections of Spanish classes: two sections of Spanish 2, one of Spanish 2/3, and one of Spanish 4 honors. He has taught at Milton since 2006. Throughout his Milton career, he has seen the school change: teachers coming and going, students graduating, and reshuffling within the administration. Most importantly, however, he sees that he himself has changed. Seeing himself as a “student,” he believes that he has changed for the better because of those he teaches and works with.
During his sabbatical, he got a chance to “renew” himself, visited family in Washington, and became more happy and optimistic in class with his students. Caraballo believes that, after his sabbatical, he is now better suited to act as a role model for students and foster a passion for Spanish language and culture. Previously, he felt like he was burnt out, only able to see Milton’s faults. After the sabbatical, he has a newfound appreciation for Milton’s community and emphasized how much he loves the Modern Language department and Milton’s students.
Mr. Larry Fitzpatrick, affectionately called Mr. Fitz, has taught at Milton since 1980. He joined the Milton community right after graduate school with a degree in athletic training and later took over the athletic training program. Previously, he was a class dean for 17 years, mostly for Class IV. Now, he oversees Milton’s health curriculum and teaches Class IV Health. Although this was not his first sabbatical, Fitzpatrick says that it was a unique one. Without kids to worry about, he was able to travel around the world stress-free.
Fitzpatrick visited places ranging from New Hampshire to Ireland. In Ireland, he spent time tracking down his genealogy. Additionally, he hiked the Ring of Kerry for two weeks. Captivated by the nature and scenery, Fitzpatrick found that he did not need to see anybody all day, a large contrast from his time at Milton. His favorite part of Ireland was hiking with his son for twenty miles each day.
He also visited Costa Rica with his wife. In Costa Rica, he admired the diverse wildlife and stayed in an “eco-lodge,” a self-sustaining lodge. Throughout both his Ireland and Costa Rica trips, Fitzpatrick was mesmerized by the wildlife and nature. In addition to his travels, Fitzpatrick worked with Habitat for Humanity and did woodworking.
Overall, seeing all the nature and wildlife, Fitzpatrick was able to “slow things down” and enjoy the people and lack thereof around him. In the end, Mr. Fitzpatrick saw his sabbatical as the “time of a lifetime.”
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