Faculty members share their passions with students

"When I started working at Providence, I got a lot of flashbacks to when I was in high school. Back then, with everything that was going on with my home situation, I felt like I needed something to do to get me away from it all, and that's when I discovered gaming."

Marilyn Cutshall-Palomino sits in her office, cheerfully decorated with twinkle lights, wedding pictures, and an assortment of collectibles. Mrs. Cutshall-Palomino is Providence Cristo Rey High School's new Registrar, joining the school midway through second semester.

Although much of her day consists of helping families with re-enrollment, financial aid, and Choice Scholarship applications, in her short time at PCR, Mrs. Cutshall-Palomino has already found a way to connect with students by sharing her own passions of gaming and anime.

"It's really cool because usually the students that have come to my office are like, 'Oh my gosh, she has this item! Are these actually all yours?'" she says. "I had a student tell me that they've never met a teacher or administrator that actually likes anime."

Mrs. Cutshall-Palomino is excited that her passion for gaming has been able to translate into a way to connect with students as she adjusts to her new role.

"I felt like I wanted to give an outlet to students here," she says. "I think it's really cool as a student when you relate to a teacher or staff member who has a common interest. Gaming always has such a bad rep that I think a lot of students talk about it only amongst themselves. But that's the nice thing about it - it's such a nice social hub where you can talk to other people."

One of the first action items on Mrs. Cutshall-Palomino's list to garner interest is to host a school Smash Bros. Tournament, which is coming up on May 7th. She figured the tournament would allow for both healthy competition and a lot of fun. After the Smash tournament, Mrs. Cutshall-Palomino hopes to host a game p