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Redefining the role of an educator

Redefining the role of an educator

Zak Keel, Reporter

December 5, 2018


Filed under Features, Humans of West, Showcase

Through enduring an existential realization, sustaining a career change, and pursuing seven college degrees, AP Calculus teacher Michelle Pearce has managed to pinpoint exactly how she will imprint the minds of future generations. Stemming from her experiences as a teacher, Pearce has reached the underlyi...

West receives new addition to behavioral support team

West receives new addition to behavioral support team

Kelly Snawerdt, Print Editor

November 16, 2018


Filed under Features, Humans of West, Showcase

All teachers have a distinct reason for why they chose to have the profession they have today. Whether it be that their mother or father was a teacher, they love shaping the minds of the future, they truly love children, or maybe a combination. The new behavioral support teacher Justin Shiltz’s reaso...

Volunteer extraordinaire

Volunteer extraordinaire

Naomi Walker, Social Media and Business Manager

November 9, 2018


Filed under Features, Humans of West, Showcase

Taking time out of her day to volunteer and further her own personal growth, junior Emily Brooks is known for her kindness and many involvements at West. Brooks participates in Student Senate, is Junior Class President, and a member of the junior varsity and competition cheer team. “I am p...

Humans of West: Doyle Massey

Humans of West: Doyle Massey

Tyler Newman, Reporter

November 2, 2018


Filed under Features, Humans of West, Showcase

Teacher Doyle Massey has a passion for tinkering with computers and enjoys sharing his technological knowledge with students through computer science courses at West. Massey grew up in Sioux City, IA in a middle class home on the west side of the city. As a child, he occupied time by tearing apart e...

Human of West: Melissa Wallace/Bertelsen

Human of West: Melissa Wallace/Bertelsen

Hannah Andrews, News Editor

October 26, 2018


Filed under Features, Humans of West, Showcase

It's a chilly Saturday, and rows of chairs placed on either side of the aisle. Gusts of wind blow anything and everything around. That’s how Melissa Wallace or should we say, Bertelsen spent her wedding day three weeks ago. Outside in the cold, surrounded by her family and friends. A trip to Minn...

Humans of West: Amy Murphy

Humans of West: Amy Murphy

Joseph Potts, Reporter

October 5, 2018


Filed under Features, Humans of West, Showcase

How did you become a counselor? “I originally was a teacher, then I got my master’s degree in counseling. So now I’ve been a counselor for 17 years.”   Did you always wanted to be a counselor? “I've always wanted to be a counselor, but I knew that I needed to get a master’s degree. To a...

Humans of West: Shamane Serrano

Humans of West: Shamane Serrano

Emma Day, Marketing Director

September 28, 2018


Filed under Features, Humans of West, Showcase

How are you liking West so far? “I love being at West. I graduated from here so it’s like coming back to my old stomping grounds."   What do you like to do when you're not working? “I like to spend a lot of time with my kids doing activities, like going to the museum and playing at the park.” ...

Humans of West: Ryan Shelman

Humans of West: Ryan Shelman

Aiden Rushing, Reporter

September 28, 2018


Filed under Features, Humans of West, Showcase

New gym teacher Ryan Shelman has been a P.E. teacher for the past seven years at West Burlington High School in southeast Iowa. Although Shelman knew that he wanted to become an educator, he thought he might want to become a history teacher rather than a P.E. teacher. “I planned on being a teacher, I just thou...

Humans of West: Jodi Zimmerman

Humans of West: Jodi Zimmerman

Dani Reitz, Voice Editor

September 21, 2018


Filed under Features, Humans of West, Showcase

While she sat with her dying father in a bleak nursing home, social studies teacher Jodi Zimmerman learned to crochet. Burdened by chronic back pain and an inability to sit still, Zimmerman kept herself busy by crafting woven rectangles and the occasional scarf. It is a truth well known by Zimmerman...

Humans of West: Beth Campbell

Humans of West: Beth Campbell

Tyler Newman, Reporter

September 14, 2018


Filed under Features, Humans of West, Showcase

The main office in West High School is the primary source of information for staff and students alike. With that, it takes a certain group of individuals to manage the tasks of the building. One of these workers is Beth Campbell, the new office secretary, who gives you a warm smile and her undivided ...

Humans of West: Jane Kroening

Humans of West: Jane Kroening

Naomi Walker, Co-Media Editor and Buisiness Manager

September 7, 2018


Filed under Features, Humans of West, Showcase

Jane Kroening has taught English at West for 14 years and claims she bleeds red and white. “When I first came here my son and daughter [went to school here]. I was teaching at Walcott. I was very involved in the Booster Club [at West] and saw a position open up. I was spending a lot of my time ...

Humans of West: Mason Boland-Lopez

Humans of West: Mason Boland-Lopez

Aiden Rushing, Reporter

May 21, 2018


Filed under Features, Humans of West, Profiles

“My favorite sport to watch is football because there is a lot of action, and I have been a Bears fan all of my life. I like to watch the Bears specifically, otherwise I like watching people hit each other. It is a pretty good contact sport, and it’s fun to watch. My favorite sport to play is ba...

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