Waters Today: Let’s start with that adorable kid—what’s the best thing about being a dad?
Mr. Orlov: The love that I feel for my son and my family. It really is indescribable, the love you feel for your child.
It must be so strange to have an infant during the pandemic. When it’s over, what's the first thing you'll do that you can't really do right now?
I will let my Chase meet all the people he hasn't been able to yet and get together with family and friends.
Hopefully it will be relatively soon! Where did you grow up?
I was born in Tucson, Arizona—that is where my love of all things University of Arizona started. We moved here when I was 2 for my dad's job with Medline. I grew up in Buffalo Grove, which is a northwestern suburb of Chicago. I would say that my middle school experience was similar to our Waters kiddos. I enjoyed hanging out with my friends, playing sports, and definitely went through all the drama of those years. Being Jewish in a heavily populated Jewish community was awesome because my 7th grade year was filled with Bar/Bat Mitzvah parties.
Did you always want to be a teacher?
Actually, the dream was always to do something in sports. Unfortunately, I did not become the next Michael Jordan.
Besides dominating the NBA, what else is on your bucket list?
I would say traveling to other countries is at the top.
So if you had the opportunity to take an all-expenses-paid year-long break from reality anywhere in the world (with your family!) where would you go and why?
I would choose Tucson so I can go to all the U of A sporting events and enjoy the 300 days of sunshine.
You weren’t joking about the Arizona obsession! What else would your students be surprised to know about you?
I think the students would be surprised that I have broken 10 bones in my life.
Ouch. Let’s end on a random note: What's one song that you'll always remember the words to?
Mr. Brightside by The Killers
Thanks Mr. Orlov!