The Takacs cackle is recognizable from miles away and can be heard echoing the halls.
A five year STH faculty veteran Rodney Takacs is not only provides a unique laugh but also profound environment for US history and economics students.
Takacs provides an open and comfortable environment for students so they can prove there true knowledge in discussion.
“I actually learn as much from them as they do from me.”
-Rodney Takacs, Social Studies teacher
He arrives every morning at seven o’clock to allow for extra time to work on his instruction for the day. Even the best teachers have a pregame ritual. He performs his in the social studies office by finishing up PowerPoints and grading.
He is definitely not is not your run of the mill history teacher that only instructs a single subject. He not only teaches US History but also an economics class. This year, he is also taking his talents to the registrar field, keeping records for the school for the near future.
“The two classes I’m teaching this year were always my favorite when I was teaching high school at Mount Carmel,” Takacs said.
Takacs can be seen strolling down the hall talking to all his student homies. He rounds the halls cracking jokes and shooting the finger gun at his favorite students.
Takacs brings constructive discussion to all his classes to get students involved.
“The only way to get students into discussion is to create an environment that they feel comfortable expressing themselves, thinking out loud and thinking critically about what we have studied and what that might mean for that period of time, what does it mean for the future, and so that being the case, their observations are just as good as mine, and I encourage that.”
Even though Takacs supports STH to the fullest, his son Victor is a social studies teacher at St. Pius X.
“You know I try to give them directions, but often times young people just don’t like to listen to their parents,” Takacs said. Victor and his younger brother attended A&M while Takacs studied at the University of Texas, just another rivalry in the Takacs family.
Takacs has much sage advice to offer students. “A lot of students are so close to being involved citizens,” Tackas said. “They should be sure that they learn what the issues are around them, the country, the city, and the state. They should become involved, and educate themselves before they become voters. It’s very important in my mind that they become responsible in that way.”