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World language classes: bulging at the seam

World language teacher Kris Castelluccio's Spanish 2 class of 37 fills the hallway after a presentation. Her class was leaving the classroom at the end of the Friday afternoon class and filled up a portion of the language hallway from one side to the other.

Katie Giebelstein, Reporter

November 25, 2019

The world language department is short handed this semester as a result of a teacher retiring and the district not hiring someone to fill the gap, leaving only five full time teachers to handle 406 students, according to a breakdown of students in the courses. Of the five, two teach Spanish full time, on...

Falcons and foreign language

Tammy Burton is a the world language department head at West, more specifically teaching the advanced levels of Spanish, such as dual credit. She believes that reaching higher levels of language learning increases student motivation immensely.

Laurence Walker and Thomas Yates

April 3, 2019

Hola! Hallo! Bonjour! Davenport West offers three language programs and a classical languages course. Ask any foreign language teacher or student, and they’d say that language is an important part of life, and that learning a new language is beneficial to anyone. In fact, West offers more college ...

Humans of West: Stephanie Hansen

Martin Morales, Reporter

April 23, 2018

Stephanie Hansen is a favorite among her students. Her secret?   “Just care about people. I have this freakish empathy... I put myself in people’s shoes and how I would feel if I was in their shoes... so I think if I didn’t think that way, I don’t think I’d be the teacher that I am, a supe...

Women of West: Barbara Lipnick

“Be kind and work hard. That is what I always told Jacob, Ben, and Max [sons] and my students. You have two priorities in life: one, be kind, especially to people you love like your mom, dad, friends, boyfriend/girlfriend. Also, really work hard in school because you can’t come back. What the world needs now is love, sweet love, that is the only thing there is just too little of.”
-Spanish teacher Barbara Lipnick

Naomi Walker, Reporter

March 8, 2018

“I lived in France, Spain, Mexico, New York City, and I’ve been to Rome, but I think really when I’m happiest is when I’m walking on the Mississippi River. There is a bike trail right by my house in the East Village. Last night I went for a walk in my neighborhood and I just love that. That’s...

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