Tuning in With Teachers


Music has always played a big role in the Staples community. With outstanding musical productions, an incredible music department—including an orchestra, band and choir—and even a kid who walks the halls with a boom box on his shoulder, music truly is everywhere. In fact, the faculty at Staples also can’t help but tap their feet to their favorite songs to help them get through the day. From Mumford & Sons to ACDC, the staff members have quite the variety of artists on their top 5 lists. However, not all of the teachers listen to music on a regular basis. Take Mr. Betts, for example, who said, “I don’t personally own an iPod, but I do occasionally listen to my wife’s.” Still, many will be surprised to see what music they’re listening to. Who would’ve guessed that so many teachers are such audiophiles?


John Dodig


  • Roll Away Your Stone by  Mumford & Sons
  • Little Lion Man by Mumford & Sons
  • The Cave by  Mumford & Sons
  • Sigh No More by Mumford & Sons

Dodig first “fell in love” with the band Mumford & Sons when he heard one of their songs on MTV, and they have since been his favorite artists. When asked about how big his music library is, Dodig joked, “I can probably drive to California and never hear the same song twice.”

Christine Hirth

Science Teacher

  • Good Day Sunshine by The Beatles
  • The Girl by City and Colour
  • Monday Morning by Death Cab For Cutie
  • This Head I Hold by Electric Guest

Music plays an important role in Hirth’s life. She constantly has her headphones on, whether she is at home or at work. “I love listening to music when I’m planning lessons,” she said. “It gets me into my groove.”

Raspati Horrigan


  • Hells Bells by AC/DC
  • I’m Gonna Crawl by Led Zeppelin
  • Shoot To Thrill by AC/DC
  • Big Jack  by AC/DC                                                          

Growing up with three older brothers, Horrigan has always been listening to rock bands like Led Zeppelin and ACDC. Looking over her “Top Five Playlist,” Horrigan laughed at all of the hard rock music on her iPod. “I’ve been listening to that since I was six; can you believe it?”


Kristin Shulz

English Teacher

  • Ai Se Eu Te Pego by Michael Teló
  • Closing Time by  Semisonic
  • Dream a Little Dream of Me by The Mamas & The Papas
  • I Predict a Riot by Kaiser Chiefs

“Since so many of my friends are from foreign countries, I have grown to adore international music,” Schulz said. She first heard the song “Ai Se Eu Te Pego” when she was visiting Majorca last year and fell in love with it, even though the lyrics are in Portugese.