An Interview with Mr. Rice

The Man. The Myth. The Legend.

As many of you may recall, our beloved physics teacher—Mr. Glenn Rice—retired around this time last year. If you have not had him as a teacher before, you’ve surely heard of him from a friend or a fellow student before. If you’re like me, you may have been wondering what Mr. Rice has been up to since we last saw him.

I thought it would be interesting to get in contact with Mr. Rice and catch up with him since his retirement. So, with the help of another great physics teacher—Mr. Earle—I was able to reach out and interview him about his job as a teacher, his retirement, and his advice to current students.

So, without further ado, let’s move right into the Q&A and get some objects in motion.

What/who inspired you to be a physics teacher?

“I wasn’t inspired by any previous teacher, although I had many good teachers over the years.  I was mainly motivated by the fact that I enjoy working with young people and I really like physics—it was my favorite subject in school.”

What did you like the most about your job?

“Without a doubt, interacting with the students.  I really had fun each day with the kids at school.  I taught chemistry for a few years, and while I don’t like chemistry as much as physics, I still always had a great time with my students.”

What advice, if any, did you give to Mr. Earle before he took over your position?

“I really didn’t give Mr. Earle any advice.  He seemed more than capable to take over from a washed up old guy like me.”

How do you like retirement?

“I love it.  Like I tell everyone who asks, it’s better than I expected. And I expected it to be great.”

What do you usually do in your free time? Is there anything notable you’ve done since you retired?

“It will probably not be a surprise to anyone I had in class, but I spend a lot of my time playing with my grandchildren.  I really enjoy spending time with them, and hopefully I’m contributing to their development.  I also hike and probably do a little more yard work than I did before retirement.  I spent some time this summer with my family in Maine and at the shore.  The only notable thing I did was that my wife and I went on a Rhine River cruise from Amsterdam to Basel in the spring.  It was sort of a retirement celebration trip. We had a great time.”

How has your life changed in the past year?

“It has slowed down a bit.  Even though I stay quite busy, there are very few deadlines to meet, so life is much more relaxed.”

Now that you don’t teach it anymore, do you still somehow incorporate physics into your life/ use physics in the real world?

“Absolutely.  Everyone, even people who have not studied physics, use physics everyday.  Everyone has experience with the laws of physics even if you don’t think of it in those terms.  I apply physics principles regularly in making decisions about how to deal with everyday problems.”

What do you miss the most about BT?

“Again, the students.  I miss the daily interaction with the students.  I also miss seeing my friends among the faculty, especially my fellow physics teachers.”

Do you ever see yourself visiting BT again in the future?

“Definitely.  I expect to be back to BT in the near future.”

What advice do you have for current Physics H or AP Physics students?

“I would say that if you like physics and do fairly well, you should continue as long as you can and consider a science or engineering path in college.  Science and engineering graduates are in demand and careers in those fields tend to be very rewarding.  Engineers and sciencists are paid well and treated with respect.  If you don’t really like physics, that’s OK.  Go for extra help if you need to, and you’ll do fine.  A little physics is good for everyone.”

(Anything else to add?)

  “I would like to thank Knights News for thinking of me and asking me to do this interview.  I hope everyone at BT has a good year.  Enjoy your time at Bergen Tech and make the most of the opportunity you have there to get a good start on the rest of your life.”

There you have it folks. Wise words from Mr. Rice—the legend himself. I’m incredibly thankful to have gotten the opportunity to ask him these questions and hear his responses.

Honestly, in the midst of a fast paced and stressful life at BT, we could all learn a little from Mr. Rice and take awhile to slow down—like objects acted on by the friction force of time—and appreciate the finer, simpler things in life. When things heat up, wait until they cool down. This marking period, remember that work doesn’t have to be a function of blood, sweat, and tears— only force and distance.

Anyway, the frequency of all these bad physics jokes hertz. It’s time to stop.

On a more serious note, however, I’d like to thank Mr. Earle and Mr. Rice for making this all possible!

I hope you all enjoyed the interview as much as I did. Hopefully some of you were able to take a step back from all the assignments, exams, and essays to catch up with one of our old teachers.

Check back next issue for more articles on Knights News!


Author: Cailin Lansang

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