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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...

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...

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: 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 ...

Retiree: Mark Bigler

Retiree: Mark Bigler

Emma Day, Social Media Manager

May 25, 2018


Filed under Features, Profiles, Retiree

Q: How long have you been teaching at West and in general?   A: Fourteen years at West and 41 years of teaching.  Head basketball coaching for 37 years and head track coaching for five years.  I was an assistant track coach for 15 years and also coached baseball and softball.   Q: What a...

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...

Humans of West: Nicholas Nahnybida

Humans of West: Nicholas Nahnybida

Naomi Walker, Reporter

May 15, 2018


Filed under Features, Humans of West

What is your best piece of advice in general? “Give your best so you never look back on it and think there was more you could have done. In the past in some sports I’ve played there has been times when I didn’t give my best. Looking back on it now, it was something I could improve upon," Nah...

Humans of West: Kris Castelluccio

Humans of West: Kris Castelluccio

Naomi Walker, Reporter

May 8, 2018


Filed under Features, Humans of West

"I love languages and I love learning new languages still. I want to start German in the summer. I also love traveling, but I can't travel right now, so I hope to get back to it soon. I just love going to new places because of different cultures, learning new things, and seeing new places. I just love...

Humans of West: Ricky Vance

Humans of West: Ricky Vance

Naomi Walker, Reporter

May 4, 2018


Filed under Features, Humans of West

How would you spend your last day on Earth if the world was ending? “First, I would get in a Ferrari. I am going to race all around, then I will hit a fat ramp and do a spiral, land, flip, probably crash, and hurt myself. But, then I will get up, take somebody out of their car and get in it and do ...

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