BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- On Friday, December 14, Governor Livingston bid farewell to beloved English teacher Mrs. Christine Talarico as she left for maternity leave. Her replacement for the remainder of the year is Mr. Kyle Kiernan. Mr. Kiernan will be teaching English II Honors, Introduction to Theatre Arts, and Backstage Workshop. 

The first thing to know about Mr. Kiernan is that he is an avid New York sports fan. He watches the Giants, Rangers, and Yankees every week during their respective seasons. He played football throughout school and went on to coach the sport at his alma mater, Bridgewater-Raritan High School. Other than spending time on the football field, Mr. Kiernan does his best to get to the gym in between grading papers. 

Of course hobbies are important, but what should students know about Mr. Kiernan’s plans for the classroom? The new teacher is quite excited to teach English, as well as Theatre Arts and Backstage Workshop. Though he is a bit nervous, he is glad to embark on the journey of theatre arts. His love for movies and his passion for teaching will help him with the job. Mr. Kiernan is just as invested in educating as he is in getting to know his students. He hopes to learn more about them as individuals, and as students. 

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Mr. Kiernan is a movie aficionado. He goes to the movies at least once a week to absorb a new story. His number one picks are Friday Night Lights and Interstellar. This poses a question of why he feels so passionately about his love for films, while he does he not feel the same way about books or plays? They all convey stories with universal themes. Kiernan responded to this question thoughtfully, “I like [watching a movie] because I can think about how it's made and what went into it.” It seems that for Kiernan the cinematography, design and other components of a film are what impact him the most. Although he also enjoys Shakespeare and various literature, films and filmmaking will remain his prime interest. 

There is no doubt that Mr. Kiernan is a strong new addition to Governor Livingston High School. Kiernan is not only eager to teach the minds of the future but also to learn from them. It seems that the rest of the school year will be a successful one under Mr. Kiernan’s instruction. As Shakespeare wrote, “We know what we are, but know not what we may be,” and we have a feeling Mr. Kiernan will be a stellar teacher at  GLHS. 

Editor's Note: The Highlander section features articles written for The Highlander, Gov. Livingston High School's student newspaper.