Science department welcomes new teacher
January 3, 2019 By:MHS Piper
By Cameron Parks
This 2018-2019 school year McNary has hired a lot of new and talented teachers. One of these is Mr. Sean Fujinaga.
Fujinaga went to Western Oregon University for four years and got his undergraduate degree in chemistry. He then decided to spend another year and a half for his masters in teaching. He ended up coming to McNary because of a job fair where he met principal Mr. Erik Jespersen.
He said, “I really agreed on their philosophy on education.”
Ever since then he has been loving his time at McNary, and he is thankful for the opportunity to be able to teach here.
Fujinaga is a science teacher that came from McMinnville high school. This is his second year teaching and this year he is teaching freshman physics & chemical systems and sophomore biology.
He got caught into teaching when he was attending Kamehameha High School in Hawaii.
“I enjoyed studying science when I was in high school and college and enjoying the sciences made me want to help out others to be able to understand other sciences as well,” he said.
This is what keeps him wanting to teach.
Fujinaga is a part of extracurricular activities at the school as well. He is a part time assistant coach for the McNary high school wrestling team. In high school he wrestled so he wanted to be part of the coaching staff of the wrestling team with Mr. Jason Ebbs. Another thing he is involved with at McNary is the TAG (Talented and Gifted) team.
It’s not all school with Fujinaga as well. On the weekends he loves to hangout with family and friends.
“I do a lot of outside activities like fishing, kayaking, snowboarding,” he said.
He also has an uncle who does magic in Hawaii, and he has the longest running magic show in the history of Hawaii. He talked about growing up with an uncle that does magic.
“It’s pretty fun, but when he is not at work I don’t think he likes to really do magic because he does it for eight hours a day, but at Christmas parties he will do card tricks,” he said.