EAST HANOVER, N.J. - For the 2017-2018 school year, East Hanover hired about twenty new teachers for their schools. Ms. Agata Gorski is the new art teacher for both Central Elementary and Frank J. Smith Elementary schools. She rotates between the two schools, making her schedule a little busy, but she wouldn’t change it for anything. When she saw the job posting on a website, she said, “[I] decided to take the chance and apply, and I’m really glad I did!”
She attended Monmouth University in Long Branch, NJ where she majored in Education with a concentration in Art. She stated, “I’ve always wanted to be a teacher, ever since I was a little girl. I used to line my dolls up and play school. I even made my little brother suffer through some of my ‘lessons’.”
When Gorski was in high school she decided to become an art teacher. She actually hated the subject through elementary and middle school. However, once she took art class in high school her mind changed about it. “It was my high school art teacher that made me fall in love with art and I ended up taking all of the art classes she offered at our school.”
After graduating from college, Gorski started teaching art in East Brunswick where she spent two years covering maternity leaves for both the middle school and elementary school. For three years leading up to working in East Hanover, she hopped from one school to the next in towns like Paramus, Garfield, Boonton, either subbing or covering maternity leaves. After all the jumping around, she has finally made her “big break”.
Outside of school, she likes to read, cook, and eat. Gorski said, “I love to eat, so I love trying new restaurants and cuisines, too. I could not live without coffee or pizza. I can eat a whole large pizza by myself!”
But her main passion is traveling. She likes to go to one new place every year. It all started back in high school when her and her one best friend would go on trips together, which continued through college. From there, she explained “we made a pact a few years ago that we would try to go to one new place every year, exploring the U.S. or abroad.”
Her favorite places she’s traveled to so far are Mexico, the Bahamas, New Orleans, and Boston. She’s looking forward to visiting California, Aruba, and Paris in the coming years. She said, “It’s amazing to experience a different culture or just a different way of life!”