Angel Fitzgerald leaves AHS

School says farewell to influential physics teachers who devoted her time to Annandale.

Jude Nanaw, Co-Editor in Chief

As she clicks through power point notes and walks around room 127 ensuring students’ understanding of Newton’s Laws and various physics concepts, Angel Fitzgerald looks back at how her journey to teaching in the classroom began.

“My first experience that I really enjoyed came with my high school Chemistry teacher,” Fitzgerald said. “She was my first female science teacher at the time so that really inspired me to go into teaching.”

For Fitzgerald who attended undergrad at the University of Delaware and majored in Chemical engineering, she first arrived at AHS as a student teacher.

Upon her arrival, Fitzgerald worked with former AHS biology teacher Caroline Gergel and originally intended to become a biology teacher.

However, there became an opening for a new Physics teacher, a role that Fitzgerald would ultimately fill.

“I had previous experience with Physics from the time that I was in college,” Fitzgerald said. “So when I was asked if I would like to teach physics I thought I would give it a try.”

After two years teaching Physics at AHS, Fitzgerald will be leaving to move to Charleston, South Carolina with her family.

In South Carolina, Fitzgerald will teach AP Physics at Wando High School located in Mt. Pleasant.

As her final days as an Atom wound down, Fitzgerald reflected on her favorite memories at AHS.

“My favorite memory is not just one thing but a combination of all the things students have taught me,” Fitzgerald said. “This is such a great diverse school and it makes me sad that I probably won’t get that ever again.”

Universally loved by all students and staff, Fitzgerald will not only be remembered for her exquisite teaching style, but also for her understanding of all those around her.

Fitzgerald has been a remarkable teacher and staff member and her influence on all will be irreplaceable.