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The Potomac Current

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Mr. Roaché Answers The Current’s 17 Questions

Find out the one thing that always makes him smile!
Mr. Roaché in his classroom.

Question #1: What’s your favorite spot on campus?

Mr. Roaché: My favorite spot on the campus honestly would be the IS common area. It’s a very nice, peaceful space.

Question #2: What is one thing that you can’t live without?

Mr. Roaché: Music. I could not live without music.

Question #3: If you could see anyone in concert, who would it be?

Mr. Roaché: Anyone in concert? Bruno Mars. I feel like he would put on a really good concert.

Question #4: I agree! What is at the top of your bucket list?

Mr. Roaché: Wow. All right. Um, the top of my bucket list would be to spend a week in Hawaii!

Question #5: Describe your experience at Potomac so far in three words. 

Mr. Roaché: I was so ready to answer but then you said three words, um…enlightening, promising, and welcoming.

Question #6: What would you say if everyone in the world would listen?

Mr. Roaché: That’s a really good question. I’ll keep it short: that you are greater than you give yourself credit for, and in that same space, you are your worst critic.

Question #7: What’s your biggest irrational fear?

Mr. Roaché: [laughs] Biggest irrational fear? I’m laughing because there are a few that are irrational for sure. My biggest irrational fear, emphasis on irrational, is being shot like yeah, it’s irrational.

Question #8: What talent do you not have but wish you did?

Mr. Roaché: Being really good at a sport. 

Question #9: Who was your greatest role model growing up?

Mr. Roaché: My dad. Yeah, my dad.

Question #10: What do you do to relax?

Mr. Roaché: Honestly, listen to music. I listen to every genre of music, like every single genre, I can go from Future to Selena Gomez in the same session.

Question #11: Alright, this next one might cause some controversy, but in your opinion, what is the worst Thanksgiving food?

Mr. Roaché: Alright, let’s see, the worst Thanksgiving food…anything with the word casserole in it.

Question #12: What is your biggest pet peeve?

Mr. Roaché: I have so many of those. My biggest pet peeve is seeing how easy it is for people to tear other people down, and how awkward they feel like it is to say something positive. Like, how easy it is for people to discourage others, but you don’t hear people often saying, “Oh man, that was really good that you did that.” It’s more like “Oh my gosh, why did you do that?”, “That’s so stupid”, “That’s so dumb”. Like, that’s so easy to say, but it’s like, “Hey, say something nice” And they’re like, “I don’t know. It’s kind of weird”. Yeah, that’s my biggest pet peeve. 

Question #13: What is one thing that never fails to make you smile?

Mr. Roaché: Seeing other people smile!

Question #14: What advice would you give your teenage self?

Mr. Roaché: The advice I’d give to my teenage self would be to try harder and stop making excuses.

Question #15: What was your least favorite class in high school?

Mr. Roaché: Least favorite? Hmm. This is more controversial than the Thanksgiving question. My least favorite class in high school…statistics, ironically. Statistics to me was just not interesting. It was not fun.

Question #16: If you could switch lives with anyone for a day, who would it be?

Mr. Roaché: Pharrell, Pharrell Williams. He’s so versatile, and he’s in so many different things. Like different genres of music for himself, he has a few different foundations. He works with kids, he works with adults, he gets the full gamut of life it looks like.

Question #17: Finally, the last question already. What has surprised you the most about Potomac?

Mr. Roaché: What surprised me the most is how much I don’t see students celebrating their successes. It seems like they look at the cup as half empty rather than realizing that they should be striving for progression and not perfection. That is the biggest one. 

Alejandra: That is all 17 questions! Thank you so much for your time.

Mr. Roaché: Yeah, I enjoyed the interview! I would love to do that.


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