STEM Staff Shout-Outs! (12/09/22)

Staff Shout Outs

Each week, members of the STEM Staff recognize their fellow teammates for the elements from the Formula for Character that they were exhibiting. Check out this week’s teachers that were honored.

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Rhett Butler

Respect

From students:

He is a good teacher overall.

He was very nice and I think the way he teaches his classes is good

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Evan Voorn

Empathy & Respect

From students:

Herr Voorn always understands when someone is not feeling good or is unable to do something. And overall, he is just a really great teacher.

He was an amazing teacher who I miss having and was the best History teacher that exists he is my favorite, and I wish I had him this year too!

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Abby Tomic

Responsibility

From students:

Just a good teacher overall

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Stephanie Hart

Empathy

From students:

Mrs. Hart is always so kind to everyone and she understands everyone’s opinions and respects them. Mrs. Hart is one of a kind and I am so glad that she is my science teacher!

Mrs. Hart has been a great teacher. She always has a positive attitude and can always put a smile on your face. We all love her, she’s the best.

Since she has kids she can understand any life problems that you have whether it’s with family or with school and grades!

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Max Schwartz

Empathy & Respect

From students:

You can tell Mr. Schwartz about anything and he will always listen. He makes sure no form of injustice is ever happening to anyone and will always try his best to help with a situation or settle a dispute.

 

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Jalene Vander Hook

Respect

From students:

She is always nice to her students and she teaches in a cool way.

 

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Sara DeWeese

Empathy

From students:

Mrs. DeWeese will always try to help out if you are struggling in any way, shape, or form, and tell always help you no matter what. She is a great person to talk to and someone you can always rely on. She showcases all of the character elements very well, but especially empathy.

She always finds a way to use Empathy to make a sad kid happy. She makes us laugh and makes math fun.

 

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Charles Lowell

Empathy & Respect

From students:

He is very friendly and nice.

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Joe Smith

Empathy

From students:

Mr. Smith has been incredibly empathetic and kind to not only me, but many other students. I really like him, and he’s a wonderful teacher, Thank you for everything you do to ensure students get the most out of their learning environment, Mr. Smith. 🙂

 

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Daniel Kerwin

Integrity

From students:

Mr. Kerwin is just a really cool dude. He’s always checking in with people, teaches his subject well, and is overall awesome.

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Andrew Gomez

Honesty & Empathy

From students:

Mr. Gomez is one of the most respectful teachers I know. He treats everyone the same and treats us like real people and not just his middle school students. He’s always 100% honest with us and I’m so grateful he works at STEM.

Super kind and thoughtful.

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Kent Schnacke

Responsibility & Respect

From students:

Great teacher, really nice, and takes responsibility when he forgets lab materials.

He continually respects & is very friendly to his students, as well as respects their requests & honors extensions & such.

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Kelsey Farnan

Empathy

From students:

She is so kind and has been one of my favorite teachers. Even though I took her class last year I have always been welcome in her class whether it is for L.A. help or just to talk.

She always lets me hang out in her room.

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Brian Moore

Respect & Integrity

From students:

He helps us with math and makes are life better and more fun.

He’s cool, chill, and both lenient enough on grading to not make things hard but strict enough to make high grades feel more satisfying. Assignments and tests feel achievable and challenging at the same time. He allows us to relax in class and have fun, while still teaching us and letting us learn! Even though it’s his first year teaching here, he’s already a much better teacher (from my perspective) than most other teachers I have.

He’s epic!

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Ryan Alsup

Integrity

From students:

Mr. Alsup has always been an excellent example of how the ideal citizen should behave. I’ve never seen him angry or yelling at another student or me as other staff members have in the past. He’s always held himself to a high standard and is very respectful to all students. Now that being said, Mr. Alsup still holds students to a high standard but knows how to calmly help students recognize when they aren’t behaving properly. He explains why they should behave differently and usually it works.

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Katie Bouchard

Empathy

From students:

She’s always kind and somehow radiates an energy of positivity.

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Lauchlin Blue

Respect

From students:

He is very nice and I think the way he teaches his classes is good

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Nicole Walbek

Respect

From students:

She’s fun, thoughtful, and can actually teach us things while making them fun, or at least not boring. Many other teachers are super strict on assignments, and when lecturing us they don’t let us ask silly questions or have fun with our friends. Mrs. Walbek, on the other hand, is fairly lenient and understanding on grading, giving us both ample time to study and for corrections. She also makes learning actually fun (I know right? I didn’t believe it either)! Letting us have fun, walk around and talk during work time, play in our free time, and isn’t quick to punishment or anger. Yet, she still teaches us in an engaging, enjoyable way that really motivates us to do better. Things like kahoots and candy incentives give us motivation to actually do work, rather than just a number on a piece of paper. Thanks, Mrs. Walbek!

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Erik Hicks

Empathy

From students:

Mr. Hicks is one of my favorite teachers, he really cares about his student’s wellbeing and always wants to make sure people aren’t struggling and is there to help. He also is really cool and sometimes we talk about cars. It’s good to have a connection like that with a teacher.

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Susan Jones

Respect

From students:

Mrs. Jones is very sweet and kind. She always does a great job explaining things. A lot of people complain that she makes us run but it’s just a part of PE. She is very respectful and responsible.

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Anthony Flores

Respect

From students:

He’s not strict and let’s me be me.

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Michelle Vitale

Empathy

From students:

She is so nice!

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Yacina Tamendjari

Empathy

From students:

Ms. Tamendjari is so kind and patient. When we need help with math, she goes above and beyond to help us. She will stay after school on days in addition to her office hours. She’s just so nice!

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