Dobie leaders, staff love reading

School leaders, teachers share favorite books


Alison Meredith

Mr. Jackson with his book The Hobbit. Mr. Jackson, a Dobie administrator, said, “It gives you a better understanding of the world around you.” He agrees that reading also develops the reader’s vocabulary.

Alison Meredith and Alaina Smith

Many people may believe reading does nothing but waste time that could be used for productive things. This is not the case at all, for reading has actually come to impact the lives of many teachers and administrators here at Dobie Junior High.

Reading puts your brain to work, and that’s good for obtaining knowledge. The knowledge gained can be used for many things.As a whole reading has proven to be a very beneficial hobby or pastime. Some may find it boring or unnecessary but the facts that are stated are proving that its good for mental and physical health.Maybe if we all just read a little more and learned a little more about each other the world would be a more loving place.

Mrs. Achterberg

Mrs. Achterberg is a teacher here at Dobie, and she read “The Diversity of Life” which she said sheds light on how animals and creatures have just come to be over time. She said reading,”Opens your mind to other possibilities.”

This is a quote given to us from the book “Merely the attempt to solve the biodiversity crisis offers great benefits never before Enjoyed, for to save species is to study them closely, and to learn them well is to exploit their characteristics in novel ways.” –  Edward O. Wilson

Mr. Jackson

Mr. Jackson, a Dobie administrator, said, “It gives you a better understanding of the world around you.” He agrees that reading also develops the reader’s vocabulary.

Coach Hadas

Some might argue that those in the sports career field don’t need to read, but Coach Hadas says that reading teaches people how to overcome obstacles and negativity.

Mrs Chitta

Emotional stimulation can also come from reading, such as laughing, crying and putting yourself in the shoes of the character imagining what you would do. Mrs Chitta, the Theatre Arts teacher here at Dobie, mentioned that her favorite book is “Black Beauty”. Chitta said she had read the book once when she was in third grade and that she continues to read it once a year to this year. Her emotions were stirred by nearly coming to tears while reading the quotes,“We have no right to distress any of God’s creatures without a very good reason; we call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel,but they do not suffer less because they have no words” and “My doctrine is this, that if we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop and do nothing, we make ourselves share the guilt.”


Understanding the thoughts and feeling of other those around us is another essential quality improved through reading. Mrs.Rodriguez teaches ELA here, and she said “Out of My Mind” is her favorite book because it depicts the thoughts and feelings of a girl who cannot speak. This creates a stronger sense of empathy toward people in situations you may not understand.When reading, not only do people improve their memory and empathy, but it makes them feel more positive. Science has also shown that reading has some amazing health benefits, including helping with depression, cutting, stress, and reduces the chances of developing Alzheimer’s later in life.