Who is the New Teacher in Room 346?
by: Victoria Pappas, ’17
It’s Mr. Chris DiBello’s first year of teaching and his first year at Cardinal O’Hara, and he already likes it! The atmosphere is new, fresh, and welcoming. “I am happy with how together the students are as a student body, it’s what holds a school together and brings the school meaning. It is what makes coming to school everyday a pleasure!” Mr. DiBello said. With a degree in chemistry, which he earned on the enormous campus that is Penn State University, Mr. DiBello brings his knowledge to the classroom in not only chemistry, but physics and algebra II as well. As a new member of the O’Hara lion family, Mr. DiBello is determined and hopeful to reach his goal in life: “to inspire others to teach or learn chemistry. I want to give someone that passion.”
Flashback to when Mr. DiBello went to The Haverford School, he remembers a lot of good memories he made. “I loved it there. It was the best experience. It challenged me to be better in school, as a person, as a friend, and as a son.” One of his favorites moments, DiBello remembered, was in his sophomore year on the football field. “We hadn’t beaten Malvern in nineteen years, and we beat them for the first time. It was crazy and it was awesome!” Mr. DiBello is a big football fan. “I played for years, I’m big sports guy in general.” However, DiBello has always thought of chemistry as his favorite subject because it was challenging, and enjoyed teaching his peers. “My high school chemistry teacher showed me that teachers are more than just the one sitting behind a desk, grading your papers. They care for you. Teaching is good for me, and fulfills what I thought teaching should be.”
The best advice Mr. DiBello was ever given, he notes, was, “‘when you get knocked down, get back up and keep trying.’ If you really like it keep doing it because it can become something bigger. It’s a reminder to not give up on yourself.” This is what motivates Mr. DiBello, but he also has advice for all of his students. DiBello advises, “don’t be afraid to ask for help. Sometimes people may see it as a weakness, or a crutch, but in this world it’s not. You have so many resources, such as your teachers, so it’s good to ask for advice.” In the future, Mr. DiBello plans to do volunteer work either coaching football or wrestling, but for now, catch Mr. DiBello in room 346 doing the job he loves!