The end of the year is near, and our teachers here at New Haven High School have worked hard to provide the best education they can. Although students may not always agree or get along with their teachers-- they do appreciate them.
According to a recent poll, the students appreciate all of their teachers.
As Miranda Durbin pointed out, “Each one of them puts work into our education. Each one has impacted not only our education, but our lives, too. Every teacher spends so much time planning a lesson or grading the work that we do, and I think that is work on its own.”
She later added, “I've had great moments with all of my teachers. From Ms. McCroskey's sense of humor to Mr. Tucker's dedication to his classes, each teacher has left something positive for me to carry on and remember long after high school.”
Some students, however, had a specific teacher they wanted to particularly recognize. Here are just some of the teachers mentioned by the students in the poll.
“She makes the class interesting,” Brande Kubiak began. Brande went on to say that Mrs. Hausmann listens to her students, even with something as little as moving seats.
Mckenzie Overschmidt added, “She is super nice and understands us as students.”
Addison Tolar explained, “She is very caring and understanding. She understands that everyone learns in a different way.”
Abby Buchheit stated, “Whenever I look upset, she always makes sure that I am okay-- she is much appreciated.”
Chloe Lueckenhoff explained that Mrs. Hoener is very kind and teaches her classes in a way that the students can understand.
Joseph Rethemeyer added, “She always helps with homework questions, pretty much always has our tests or quizzes graded by the next class, and she is chill when it comes to talking in class and doesn't freak out like some people do.”
Ellie Westermeyer, and many others, described Mrs. Schlafer as being very kind and understanding. The students feel that she is caring and makes class fun, even when talking about serious topics.
Owen Borcherding feels that Mrs. Schlafer gives all of her students a chance to shine and likes that she talks to her students about whatever is or could possibly be going on.
Makenzie Munsinger feels that Mr. Tucker is very understanding and kind. She describes him as, “a great motivator and inspiring track coach.”
Alex Trentmann added, “His ideas are pretty interesting and the discussions we have are also pretty in-depth as well as interesting.”
“She is so funny!” Julia Unnerstall began. “I love how she can relate to us teens. She has opened my eyes to new things and she has made me think in different ways.” Julia later described a situation where she needed help with essay citations and emailed Ms. McCroskey.
Julia stated, “She typed ‘blah blah’ a million times just to give me an example. Mind you this, it was past 7, so she didn't have to respond to me, but she did. I appreciate her so much!”
Alden Peraino shared that, “Mrs. Oelrichs is a very understanding teacher. She offers quiz and test retakes so students can fix their mistakes, which helps improve their grades while learning the information they missed the first time.”
He continued to say, “Before class every day, she sets a time for sharing good things that have happened recently. This helps bring most of the class to a positive mood so we can do our work efficiently.”
“Mrs. Koch is superwoman!” Grace Soete began. “She teaches two foreign languages, band at New Haven High School and elementary school, and R2. She takes on Marching Band every school year, preparing us for districts, and planning trips to Germany.”
Grace continued to say, “My freshman year, after our Christmas concert, Mrs. Koch got up at 1:00 in the morning to make the whole band class breakfast.”
Dori McCarty said, “She encourages my art and genuinely likes to see it. She gives me constructive criticism and great ideas.”
Those were just some of the teachers recognized by the student body in a recent student poll.
However, our teachers were once in our shoes. They looked up to their teachers just as we do to them.
Mr. Tucker’s favorite teacher was Mrs. Lattimore, who taught Algebra I and II and Trigonometry. He described her as being “very conscientious and dedicated.”
Mr. Tucker added, “She had a way of teaching in which she talked to us as equals which was empowering. Many of my high school teachers talked down to us and didn't seem to care about us as people.”
Ms. McCroskey stated, “It's a tie between my AP European History teacher, Mr. Adams, and my AP Psychology teacher, Mrs. Hart. They were both incredibly quirky people and clearly loved talking about what they taught. It doesn't matter what you teach-- if you are genuinely interested in what you're saying, students will sense and respond to that authenticity.”
She later told, “Both my favorite teachers connected with their students as humans. They joked around with us and made us laugh in class all the time. And once, I got dizzy during class (we were talking about brain injuries and I'm squeamish), and I ran out of room and spent 20 minutes in the bathroom. And the next day, I found out that Mrs. Hart had been spreading random rumors around school about what I'd been doing in the bathroom. (They were good-natured rumors, and no one took them seriously, don't worry.) I also made a Freudian slip in class with Mr. Adams once, and he absolutely never let me forget it. What I said will remain a mystery to NHHS, however.”
Mrs. Koch favored her high school band teacher, Mr. Bunkley.
When describing him, Mrs. Koch said, “Mr. Bunkley always wanted us to perform to the best of our ability. He was very good at motivating us to always work up to our potential... and he was funny!”
She later shared that, “Mr. Bunkley once made the bet that if we got first at this particular marching band festival, he would shave his mustache (which he had for a very long time and it was a big deal to him). I remember thinking at the time, wow, he really wants to motivate us if he's willing to give up something that important to him! ...We ended up shaving it.”
Mrs. Borcherding’s favorite teacher was actually one of the top favorites among the current high school population according to a survey-- Mr. Tucker.
She appreciated how direct he was as a teacher.
Mrs. Miller’s favorite teacher was Mrs. River. Mrs. Miller told that, “Mrs. River was an awesome teacher-- she was well organized, always positive, and I felt she truly cared about me as a student. I also enjoyed working on individual projects in Computer Applications.”
Mrs. Miller remembers “doing a lot of FBLA activities with Mrs. River, such as raking leaves, moving flamingoes, and attending conferences and competitions.”
We, the student body at NHHS, would like to thank all of our teachers for not only teaching us what we need to know, but helping us grow into responsible young adults. Show your teachers some appreciation in these last few weeks of school.