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Getting to know American Sign Language teacher Tiffani Symons

ASL teacher Tiffani Symons signs to one of her students in her American Sign Language II class. Symons has been teaching for 17 years.

Gabby Leon, Staff Writer

February 23, 2018

Pathfinder: What got you interested in teaching? Symons: “I wanted to be a teacher since I was in high school. I realized I wanted to teach deaf and hard of hearing students, so I became a teacher for deaf and hard of hearing [students] and have been for 17 years. This opportunity to teach all ...

Getting to know math and Personal Finance teacher Andrea Horn

Horn poses with her husband, her son Braydon and her daughter Mylah at Quail Ridge Park in Wentzville, MO. “I am married [to] a teacher and coach, and [we] have two kids,

Gabby Leon, Staff Writer

January 9, 2018

What got you interested in teaching? “I can’t say there was anything in particular. I played teacher/school as a kid. I think it was just always a passion and dream of mine.” What class(es) do you teach? “Geometry A and Personal Finance.” Is this your first year teaching? “...

Getting to know French teacher Blair Hopkins

Hopkins poses by the Christmas market in Strasbourg, France.

Gabby Leon, Staff Writer

January 8, 2018

Pathfinder: What is your job? Hopkins: “I am a part-time French teacher. I do French I and French II, so I am here in the morning from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.” What got you interested in teaching French? “I have always really loved French, and I lived in Paris for four years. I moved to St. Lou...

Getting to know Technology and Engineering teacher Chris Donaldson

Technology and Engineering teacher Chris Donaldson helps senior Jack Fox during the Day of Code on December 6. Donaldson teaches three courses, all involving technology and engineering. “I am most excited to see students try new things, build skills and develop strengths they may not have previously realized they had,

Gabby Leon, Staff Writer

December 20, 2017

Pathfinder: What got you interested in teaching? Donaldson: "I had a few stand-out teachers in high school and college. What struck me is how they were able to take complex concepts, break them down into smaller, more manageable chunks and help students learn in a variety of ways." What class(es)...

Getting to know teacher assistant Matt Tesson

Teacher assistant Matt Tesson makes an announcement over the intercom.

Gabby Leon, Staff Writer

December 18, 2017

What is your job? What do you do for your job? “I’m a teacher's assistant, and I have a few different responsibilities. First, I have lunch duty, in which I make sure students are not roaming the halls. Second, I have fifth, sixth, and seventh period study halls that I oversee and help students w...

Getting to know Special Education teacher Nicole Sneed

Special Education teacher Nicole Sneed helps senior Nicholas Waldrop at a game of bingo. “My favorite thing about my job is the relationship I have with my students. I enjoy having inside jokes with my students as well as knowing their interests. It helps us connect and form a positive relationship,

Gabby Leon, Staff Writer

December 14, 2017

What is your job? What do you do? “I am a special education teacher. I help students learn by evaluating their current ability, creating and implementing appropriate interventions and providing accommodations and modifications to the curriculum.” Is this your first time doing this? “I was a spec...

English teacher Taylor Rose returns to West

Rose poses with her sister, alumna Maddie Rose in front of the Mizzou columns. Both of the Rose sisters attended Mizzou.

Gabby Leon, Staff Writer

November 29, 2017

Pathfinder: What got you interested in teaching? Rose: “I have always wanted to be a teacher, as so many empowering women in my family have served as teachers. From playing school with my cousins as a child to working in various educational experiences in the community, I knew that I wanted to d...

Getting to know teacher assistant Erin Fitzsimmons

Getting to know teacher assistant Erin Fitzsimmons

Gabby Leon, Staff Writer

November 28, 2017

Pathfinder: What is your job? Fitzsimmons: “I am a study hall teacher and interventionist, though my official title is teaching assistant.” Is this your first time doing this? “Not exactly, I have been in the education field for two years. I previously worked in the social studies dep...

Getting to know social studies teacher Brent Wildhaber

During cross country practice, social studies teacher and assistant coach Brent Wildhaber races against freshman Emma Smout on a unicycle.

Gabby Leon, Staff Writer

October 24, 2017

What classes do you teach? “I teach one section of world history and four sections of modern U.S. history.” What got you interested in teaching? “A couple things: I love history. I love studying history, reading history and looking at historical documents. Second part is that I love working ...

Getting to know junior Principal Corey Sink

Junior Principal Corey Sink poses with his wife, Molly and sons, Asher and Ryder.

Gabby Leon, Staff Writer

October 20, 2017

Pathfinder: What got you interested in your job? Sink: “I have always wanted to be a teacher. Working with kids was certainly a passion of mine, and I enjoy coaching too, so the sports aspect met together. I moved in that direction. When I was teaching, I found that professional development was ...

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