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Getting to know American Sign Language teacher Tiffani Symons

Getting to know American Sign Language teacher Tiffani Symons

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

Getting to know math and Personal Finance teacher Andrea Horn

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

Getting to know French teacher Blair Hopkins

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

Getting to know Technology and Engineering teacher Chris Donaldson

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

Getting to know teacher assistant Matt Tesson

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

Getting to know Special Education teacher Nicole Sneed

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

English teacher Taylor Rose returns to West

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

Getting to know social studies teacher Brent Wildhaber

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

Getting to know junior Principal Corey Sink

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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