20 Great Years of Service

Emmanuel Sandoval, Staff Writer

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Mr. John Molumby has been a teacher at Armijo since the Fall of 1998 but this
year will be his last year, and he’s looking forward to retirement in June.
In the 20 years that Mr. Molumby has been at Armijo he has taught several
different levels of math, but he has predominantly been in the International
Baccalaureate (IB) program for almost 12 years. He has taught Math Studies and
Higher Level Mathematics but he’s moving away from that to let newer teachers take
over.
Currently Mr. Molumby teaches Math III, IB’s Higher Level 2 Mathematics, and
Math I. His favorite things about Armijo are the faculty, the staff, and the excitement in
the place. He said that he enjoyed all the years, although the last couple years have
been taxing because he has noticed that some students don’t have the strong work
ethic like students in the past.
If he was given the opportunity to change anything at Armijo, Mr. Molumby said
that he would lessen the use of all cell phones and get back to basic education. “It’s not
that difficult,” he said. Students “have no idea of what college is going to be like.”
Sometimes he thinks, teachers babysit students too much and don’t demand formidable
work ethic from them.
It has been 50 years since Mr. Molumby graduated from Thurles Christian
Brothers High School in Ireland. He attended college in Dublin at St. Patrick’s College
Maynooth. Prior to entering Maynooth he began to study engineering before moving to
Physics, Mathematics, and Chemistry, although he dropped out of chemistry after one
year. He ended up majoring in Physics Mathematics.
Mr. Molumby’s favorite parts of teaching include working with the students who
are excited about learning, experiencing the opportunity to teach at the High Level IB,
and helping students be successful in colleges like Stanford, MIT, UC Berkeley, UC
Davis, and others. This motivates him to teach, seeing the growth, maturity, and interest
in students who have a desire to learn.
Even though he is retiring soon, he isn’t stepping away completely. Mr. Molumby
said that he intends to develop a program in tutoring at the advanced level for students
who are looking for success in SATs and AP exams. He is already doing this on a small
scale during holidays for Statistics and Calculus and he will probably focus in these two
areas.
He hopes that he has been a fair teacher to students and he has always liked
them. He thinks that he has been fair, kind, and considerate with students in all his
years. He said that he has never insulted anybody and never left a student with a sense
of disrespect and/or desire of animosity towards him.
Mr. Molumby said that it is quite an honor to be chosen as the Armijo Teacher of
the Year. It is also a fitting testimony of the respect and esteem that his Armijo fellow
teachers have for him in the 20 years. After retiring, he intends to do some substituting
locally where he lives, and he may even come to Armijo every so often to substitute in
some of the IB programs and special education. He is also looking forward to traveling,

playing a little bit of golf, touring a bit in Europe, and going back to Ireland to visit family
and friends.

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