Best of Pacifica 2022- Favorite Educator: Gina Arguello

Congratulations to Ortega's Ms. Gina Arguello for being named

Favorite Educator in The Pacifica Anchor's "Best of Pacifica 2022"

This August our local magazine, The Pacifica Anchor, brought back the popular "Best Of Pacifica" issue. The Pacifica Anchor allowed two weeks for the community to nominate their favorites then gave them a chance to vote for the best. The community spoke and Ms. Arguello was named Favorite Educator. Congratulations, Ms. Arguello!!

To celebrate this honor, we thought it would be nice to get to know Ms. Arguello a little better. Three fifth grade former students sat down with her during a recent lunch period to ask her questions about her teaching, favorite foods (her response to cheese is funny!), favorite school supplies, and so much more.

The following is an edited transcript of the conversation between students Vivienne, Lucy, Frances and Ms. Arguello. If you would like to listen to the full interview, which is quite sweet and about 13 minutes long, there is a link at the bottom of this page.

Lucy: What was the most fun year you’ve taught?

Ms. Arguello: That's hard to say an actual year. But my favorite years are the years where the class feels like a family and we do lots of funny things. We still get our work taken care of but we get to do a lot of fun things too.

Vivienne: How long have you been teaching?

Ms. Arguello: This is the start of my 18th year.

Vivienne: What was your favorite field trip?

Ms. Arguello: My favorite field trip was a really hard one to do. We went to Sutter's Fort. And planning that was sort of like planning a wedding. But we got to dress up, drive up to Sacramento. We slept there. You can go even if it's not a field trip, you can go and visit. But it was a sleep over one and it was my first overnight field trip.

Lucy: We get to go to Outdoor Ed.

Ms. Arguello: Outdoor Ed is the best. It's hard to call that a field trip but I guess that is. I got to go to Outdoor Ed in place of another teacher once or twice. That was so fun!

Lucy: We hope we are in the same cabin. Were they sick or something?

Ms. Arguello: One time, one lady was pregnant and she was kinda close to her due date so it was just safer. And the other time a teacher was having some struggles with family and she needed to stay close so I went for her.

Vivienne: What is your favorite animal?

Ms. Arguello:My favorite flying animal is the Snowy Owl. [Like Harry Potter?] Like Hedwig, yes. And my favorite land animal is probably the jaguar because they look so cool. Like a black panther. My favorite marine animal is probably the dolphin.

Vivienne: What is your favorite Color?

Ms. Arguello: Well, in general green. I also like red and purple depending on what we are talking about. Are we talking about an outfit or are we talking about phone cases? It depends.

Frances: What is your favorite food?

Ms. Arguello: My favorite food. Hmm. I’m going to say pizza because there are so many options.

Vivienne: What is your favorite type of fish and your favorite kind of sushi?

Ms. Arguello: My favorite kind of fish is salmon. My favorite sushi - I actually really like vegetable sushi. I know it's not really sushi. But, you know, the vegetable rolls, those are really good.

Vivienne: What is your favorite kind of cheese?

Ms. Arguello: My favorite kind of cheese is the kind that someone else eats for me! No, but for real, I do like pizza.

Lucy: If you could eat cheese?

Ms. Arguello: I don’t know. I don’t really like cheese in general. But mozzarella is mild enough that I do like pizza.

Frances: What is your favorite Subject?

Ms. Arguello: My favorite subject to teach?

Frances: In general? Both?

Ms. Arguello:My favorite subject to teach is definitely math. (Laughs) because math was so hard for me growing up I wanted to learn how to make it easier for kids. And now the way we teach math makes so much more sense and it's exciting to share that with kids because it doesn’t have to be a struggle. But my favorite subject in general, like when I was in school, I loved reading. That wasn’t a struggle for me. Math was always hard.

Frances: What was your favorite subject that someone was teaching to you?

Ms. Arguello: Physics. I really liked physics. And I actually wanted to go to college and do physics but because I couldn’t do the math it didn’t make sense to me, I stopped. And so I hope that you [students] don’t have to make that choice. To stop because it doesn’t make sense to you.

Vivienne: I’ve never done physics before.

Ms. Arguello: You have! It's just a type of science. We don’t really separate our sciences out when you are in elementary school like that.