It shouldn’t have been surprising that Abbas Manjee and Melissa Giroux sometimes delivered coffee to each other’s classrooms. But their students always called attention to the gesture by suggesting that the two were in love.
“The kids would erupt in ‘oooooooooooooooohs,'” Manjee recalls.
“I had to tell him that in the middle of him trying to kiss me which was very, very awkward.” After the movie ended, Wells was forced to confront the uncomfortable situation.
“I had to explain to him that I didn’t really know we were on a date,” Wells said.
It was during one of the final action-packed scenes that things began to go south.
“To this day it is the most touching thing a kid has ever done for me outside of our family,” Kass says.
The setting: Kassandra and Cornelius met in the bagel line on their first day at the Brooklyn School of Global Studies in 2006.
Each had come to teaching through the NYC Teaching Fellows program; Cornelius had previously taught in the Bronx and Kass had moved from Chicago just weeks before.
“I was thinking to myself, maybe if I just sit here, it will go away.” Unfortunately for Wells, her date failed to take the hint and continued his advances. “He tried to start kissing the side of my face and the whole time I was thinking, ‘I just wanted to watch the movie.’” In an effort to rebuff her date’s attempts, Wells tried to draw his attention back to the movie.
“I said ‘let’s just watch the end of the movie,’” Wells said.