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Catching Up With Snider’s New Staff

Catching Up With Snider’s New Staff by Jennifer Cruz, Noah Ehrman, Danae King, Emily Meinzen and Epiphany White

A total of 13 teachers and 2 administrators joined Snider for the 2018-2019 school year, and students wanted to get to know them.

 

These staff members were asked the following questions:

What college did you go to?

What is your favorite part of the job?

Why did you choose this position?

Reginald Norfleet: Business and Technology teacher

What college did you go to?

1. Mr. Norfleet attended the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

What is your favorite part of the job?

2. “[My favorite part is] teaching young adults how to thrive in the world after high school.”

Why did you choose this position?

3.  “[I chose] business because it’s what I know, technology because it’s the future of our society.”

Vicki Troyer: Math Teacher (Algebra, Finite, SAT prep)

What college did you go to?

1. Ms. Troyer attended Purdue University and IPFW.

 What is your favorite part of the job?

2. “[My favorite part is] getting to know the kids.”

Why did you choose this position?

3. ” I just really, really, really enjoy math. It applies to life in so many ways.”

Mark Tojo: Chemistry Teacher

 What college did you go to?

1. Mr. Tojo attended Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana.

What is your favorite part of the job?

2. ” I really enjoy working with people.”

Why did you choose this position?

3. “[Chemistry is] the most fun science – you get to blow stuff up. You blow something up, they pay you.”

Adele Vallow: Special Education Teacher

What college did you go to?

1. Ms. Vallow attended Indiana University.

What is your favorite part of the job?

2. “[My favorite part is] working with students and getting to know them.”

Why did you choose this position?

3. “[I chose special education] because my son has autism and ADHD.”

Joseph Sullivan: Special Education Teacher

What college did you go to?

1. Mr. Sullivan studied Journalism Education at Ball State University and returned to Ball State to study Special Education.

What is your favorite part of the job?

2. “I love building relationships with the kids and being their advocate.”

Why did you choose this position? 

3. Mr. Sullivan felt a higher calling after 12 years of teaching journalism.

Angela Huffman: Assistant Principal

What college did you go to?

1. Ms. Huffman attended IPFW.

What is your favorite part of the job?

2. “Seeing kids overcome terrible things that happened to them…and not letting [those things] define them.”

Why did you choose this position?

3.  Ms. Huffman was a teacher and coach, but felt that a job in administration would allow her to help even more kids.

Patricia Ervin: Assistant Principal

What college did you go to?

1. Ms. Ervin attended Ball State University.

What is your favorite part of the job?

2. “I love the students, I know this sounds corny, but I do.”

Why did you choose this position?

3.  Ms. Ervin was assigned her administrative position.

 

The following teachers were asked the following questions:

What College did you go to?

 Why did you choose this profession?

If you could go anywhere in the world for free, where would you go?

What is a quote you tell your students?

Matthew Cochran: Teacher

What college did you go to?

1. Mr. Cochran attended Indiana State University and Winthrop University in South Carolina.

Why did you choose this profession?

2. “I have always wanted to help others and I found a passion for helping youth reach their goals.”

If you could go anywhere in the world for free, where would you go?

3. Mr. Cochran would like to go visit his brother in the Burgundy region of France.

What is a quote you tell your students?

4. “Do unto others as you would have done unto you.”

Jennifer Ankey: Theater and Speech Teacher

What college did you go to?

1. Ms. Ankey attended Northwestern University and Ohio State University.

Why did you choose this profession?

2. “I have always wanted to be a teacher. I have journals from high school English where I talked about how I wanted to study theater and become a drama teacher.”

If you could go anywhere in the world for free, where would you go?

3. Ms. Ankey would like to visit Ireland.

What is a quote you tell your students?

4. “Don’t be sorry, be better.”

Christina Hayes: Teacher

What college did you go to?

1. Ms. Hayes attended Ball State University.

Why did you choose this profession?

2. “I actually choose to be a writer, but couldn’t pay the bills. Then, I became an editor and then, I got bored. I was never going to be a teacher.”

If you could go anywhere in the world for free, where would you go?

3. Ms. Hayes would like to visit Cairo, Egypt.

What is a quote you tell your students?

4. “The man who says he can and the man who says he can’t are both correct.”

Amy Fish: Librarian and Latin 3 Teacher

What college did you go to?

1. Ms. Fish attended the University of Saint Francis and IUPUI.

Why did you choose this profession?

2. “I have always like working with kids and helping others.”

If you could go anywhere in the world for free, where would you go?

3. Ms. Fish would like to visit Mars.

What is a quote you tell your students?

4. “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.”

Crystal Miller: Teacher

What college did you go to?

1. Ms. Miller attended IPFW and Ball State University.

Why did you choose this profession?

2. “My mom was a teacher for 30 years and I saw the effect she had on kids.”

If you could go anywhere in the world for free, where would you go?

3. Ms. Miller would like to visit Australia and New Zealand.

What is a quote you tell your students?

4. “All of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”

Trent Nichols: Teacher

What college did you go to?

1. Mr. Nichols attended Indiana Wesleyan University.

Why did you choose this profession?

2. “It was a calling.”

If you could go anywhere in the world for free, where would you go?

3. Mr. Nichols would like to visit Australia.

What is a quote you tell your students?

4. “Learning is a process, it is not a destination.”

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