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Junior Renee McSherry poses during rehearsal for the spring musical March 12. The cast was practicing the dance for the song “Delivery.”

Fifth grade band teacher serves as pit director

Gabriel Kaplan March 24, 2021

Emilie Bertram, Park’s new pit orchestra director, said she looks forward to working with a variety of music genres as she helps organize plays in the future. “I'm excited to experience musicals...

Used with permission from Hanna Anderson.

Spanish teacher brings new voices into curriculum

Jacob Khabie December 23, 2020

Spanish teacher Hanna Anderson said when she heard the International Baccalaureate Spanish curriculum was changing, she knew she had to take advantage of the opportunity. “I've been meaning to change...

Used with permission from Arika Mareck.

English teacher returns to Park

Elena Ortiz-Fishman November 18, 2020

After four years at another school, English teacher Arika Mareck has returned to Park where she previously worked for 10 years. From 2006-2016, Mareck taught freshman and sophomores as well as being an...

Isabel Nathan

Art teacher adjusts to distance pottery classes

Isabel Nathan November 2, 2020

Art teacher Angela Jacobs said she faced a difficult challenge as the 2020-2021 school year began when she had to figure out how to teach pottery, one of the most hands-on classes, in a distance learning...

Biology teacher takes leave of absence

Biology teacher takes leave of absence

Sophia Curran-Moore October 31, 2020

Biology teacher Kristen Moravetz said goodbye to her biology students and started her leave of absence Oct. 23. She taught at Park for almost 10 years and she plans on returning next year. Moravetz said...

Choir teacher John Myszkowski teaches his zero hour class March 3. Zero hour gives students the opportunity to take choir if it does not fit into their regular schedule.

Choir teacher moves forward in Minnesota Teacher of the Year competition

Lilly Strathman March 10, 2020

When reflecting on progressing to a semi-finalist in the Minnesota Teacher of the Year competition, choir teacher John Myszkowski said he realized this was a great opportunity to speak on his passions. “I...

Juniors Julia Salita and Liz Madigan work on an online assignment in English teacher Andrew Wilkes's class Oct. 3. Wilkes works to go paperless this school year.

English teacher going paperless

Adin Zweigbaum October 10, 2019

When cleaning his room at the end of the year, English teacher Andrew Wilkes said he felt sad about the amount of paper he was wasting. “I was throwing out just reams and reams of, either student...

New teacher Sophie Sigel explains an activity to her class Feb. 8. After teaching in Taiwan last semester, Sigel started this semester as a tutor and biology teacher.

New science teacher brings fresh perspective to Park

Maggie Klaers and Ruthie Posada February 18, 2019

Sophie Sigel, the science department’s newest member, will be teaching biology classes this semester. “I am doing some tutoring for English and science in the mornings, and I also teach biology,”...

Student teacher Samantha Kamal explains a physics problem to senior Anand Datt Jan. 14. Kamal will be helping out around the physics classes.

New physics student teacher starts career at Park

Kate Schneider January 22, 2019

Student teacher Samantha Kamal said she got her start in physics through her lifelong passion for astronomy. She started on her path toward becoming a physics teacher when she discovered physics was a...

Bobby Otto helps sophomore Elliot Salmon with his math homework. According to Otto, he tries to incorporate the mindfulness aspect of yoga into the classroom because it benefits himself and his students.

Math teacher hopes to start yoga classes at high school

Emma Leff and Anika Hanson December 18, 2018

According to math teacher Bobby Otto, yoga offers many benefits that have helped him manage stress. Because he thinks it also can help students, he is planning to start teaching a morning yoga class this...

Jenna Wollitz assists health teacher Allison Luskey. She is a master's student at Augsburg University.

Student teacher aids Allison Luskey

Gabriel Kaplan November 1, 2018

Graduate student Jenna Wollitz said she is enjoying her work at Park as she spends time back in high school in pursuit of her master’s degree. “I am a masters student at Augsburg University, and...

Keisha Piehl helps students in her Advanced Algebra AB class. Piehl tries to leave time at the end of each class for students to ask questions.

Math teacher returns to full-time teaching

Emma Leff and Anika Hanson October 30, 2018

After long-term subbing for math teacher Christina Begin last spring, Keisha Piehl said she decided to return to full-time teaching this year. According to Piehl, she is still adjusting to teaching...

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