Q&A: Andrew Stallings

Teacher Andrew Stallings with his band before he became a teacher. (video courtesy of Andrew Stallings)


Many students do not know much about their core class teachers beyond what is learned in the classroom. However, reporter Katie Curry is trying to change that in a Q&A with pre-calculous teacher Andrew Stallings

Katie Curry, Staff Reporter

Sometimes it can be hard for students to get to know core subject teachers. The Red Ledger’s Katie Curry is trying to change that in the following Q&A with pre-calculus teacher Andrew Stallings.


The Red Ledger: How long have you been a teacher and where have you taught?

Stallings: “Nineteen years. This is my 7th year at Lovejoy. I have taught at Allen High School and at a private school in Richardson called the Dallas Learning Center which is a school for at risk high school students.”

The Red Ledger: As a kid, what did you think you were going to grow up being?

Stallings: “In this order: astronaut, scientist, musician, entrepreneur, musician, scientist, and then teacher, and I pretty much did all of those. When I was little-bitty I wanted to be an astronaut and then I wanted to be a musician, which I was, and then I got to teaching.”

The Red Ledger: What are three hidden talents that you have?

Stallings: “Music, art, writing (I write poems.)”

The Red Ledger: What is your experience with music?

Stallings: “I made a living as a musician for a little while, not a very good living. I studied music for four years at the university level and then changed majors.”

The Red Ledger: What is your all time favorite song?

Stallings: “‘Awaken’ by the band Yes.”

The Red Ledger: What is your favorite movie?

Stallings: “I think the movie that had the greatest impact on me was a movie that I saw as a kid, and it was probably the original Star Wars movies.”

The Red Ledger: If you weren’t a math teacher, what other subject would you teach?

Stallings: “I like literature and composition so either that or science. I’m not certified to teach chemistry and physics and stuff but it’s an area of interest.”

The Red Ledger: What do you like to do outside of class?

Stallings: “I like riding bikes, being on the water, hiking, being around my family, bird watching, fossil hunting, rock collecting, writing music, and playing music.”

The Red Ledger: What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?

Stallings: “In 10 years, hopefully, I will have completed my trigonometry textbook.”