Today, Mrs. Hoener is involved with coaching the girls’ high school volleyball team and keeping up with her daughters, Lucy and Maggie. Her typical school day outfit usually includes black dress pants, a sweater, and boots. Mrs. Hoener now drives a minivan, which she insists, “she never wanted to buy.”
Business teacher Laura Strickland attended Rosary High School (now called Trinity High School) in St. Louis, Missouri, and graduated in 1995. In high school, Mrs. Strickland’s favorite band was Pearl Jam, and her favorite movie was When Harry Met Sally. Mrs. Strickland’s favorite memories from high school include the boys’ soccer team winning state, numerous cheerleading camps, senior year, school dances, and of course--her first job! All of these memories, she added, put a big smile on her face.
Today, Mrs. Strickland’s favorite band is Wilco, and her favorite movies include Toy Story and How to Train Your Dragon. “I don’t see many non-animated movies these days, although my kids are starting to watch some classics like the Goonies!” she exclaimed. So far, Mrs. Strickland’s favorite teaching memory is attending the Executive Leadership Conference with the FBLA officers. This, she says, allowed her to get to know them before school started and also for the officers to see her mad driving skills!
English teacher Melissa Schwab attended Jackson High School in Jackson, Missouri, and graduated in 1993. Mrs. Schwab’s favorite school subject was English, and her hobbies included eating, reading, and riding horses. While in high school, she was involved in speech and debate, was a basketball manager, and was the vice-president of the Spanish club. Back in the day, Mrs. Schwab’s favorite singer was Bryan Adams, and some of her favorite books were the Little House on the Prairie series. When asked about her favorite part of being a teenager, she answered, ”My favorite part of being a teenager was hanging out with my friends.”
Today, Mrs. Schwab’s hobbies include CrossFit, painting, and being a mommy. Her favorite books include any of the Lord of the Rings books, and one of her favorite bands is Mumford and Sons. Mrs. Schwab’s favorite part about being a teacher is “preparing students for success in life.”
The teachers of NHHS all have different backgrounds and interests from their teen years. Whether it be coaching volleyball, watching animated movies, or being a part of CrossFit, the NHHS teachers’ interests have altered since they were 16. Out with the old, in with the new; the teachers have changed since they were in high school.
-by Lauren Bergner