“I chose KU because when I began college, I was unsure of what I wanted to do, and I loved the fact that KU had so many potential avenues that I could pursue,” said Margolies. “I started off as an engineering major and quickly changed my major to English before settling on Secondary English Education. KU’s fun, lively atmosphere and great range of academics made it a big draw to me.”
Upon graduation, Margolies began teaching at Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy (HBHA). He currently teaches English to 8th graders, 10th graders as well as 11th and 12th graders. He also teaches Algebra I to 7th and 8th graders.
“I’m passionate about both literature and education, and being a high school English teacher allows me to combine these two passions into one profession. Even if people don’t remember what they learned in my class, if I can inspire a constant hunger to learn within them, then I have done my job.”
Margolies said he has a great support system at HBHA that values his opinions and knowledge on the subjects that he teaches. He said he loves the close, familiar atmosphere that defines HBHA and is thrilled to return to a place that served as his second home for much of his life.
“It’s incredibly fun to be back at the school that I grew up in and to have the opportunity to return here as a teacher. I love my small class sizes, which enable me to delve deeply into topics and develop a one-on-one relationship with each of my students.”
Margolies commented that he feels his job allows him to make a difference by teaching students how to be better prepared for a fast-paced, constantly changing world. He said he hopes to help his students become better people and stronger leaders in their community.
“My favorite part of the job is that no two days are remotely alike, Each day is its own mini-adventure; some days go fantastically and some days go not as well, but I get a chance to try and improve my teaching and reach more students in creative ways each day.”
While at the University of Kansas, Maroglies was actively involved with KU Hillel. He worked as an engagement intern, participated in Jewball, and also went on the Israel Leadership Mission trip. He said that Hillel was one of the most meaningful parts of his KU experience.
“Hillel absolutely gave me tools that have come in handy with my work as a teacher. Hillel allowed me to meet new people from a variety of backgrounds every day, and I am constantly meeting new people through my work at school. Hillel also introduced me to Jews from a variety of backgrounds, and teaching at HBHA allows me to interact with Jewish students from very different backgrounds on a daily basis. Hillel allowed me to play a leadership role, both as an engagement intern and as a participant on the KU Hillel Israel Leadership Mission trip, and I get to use the leadership and communication skills that Hillel helped me develop each day as a teacher. Hillel was a wonderful place for me at KU, and it has continued to help me after I moved forward to the next stage of my life following graduation.”