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Choir teacher moves forward in Minnesota Teacher of the Year competition

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.

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 have to make a short video and was given the prompt of ‘what do you think are the major e...

English teacher going paperless

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.

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 work that's been turned in, orstuff that, I printed out and we never ended up using. It just was kind of d...

New science teacher brings fresh perspective to Park

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.

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,” Sigel said. According to one of Sigel’s biology students, junior Karie Chula, Sigel’s optim...

New physics student teacher starts career at Park

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

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 requirement to pursue her interest in astronomy. “I really liked astronomy, when I was really young. I liked le...

Math teacher hopes to start yoga classes at high school

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.

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 upcoming semester. “(Yoga) is just a relaxation time, where you can start feeling your body, feel...

Student teacher aids Allison Luskey

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

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 I am going for my masters in education with an emphasis on health education,” Wollitz said. “Be...

Math teacher returns to full-time teaching

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.

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 full-time. “I am still working to find my groove on managing my time well,” Piehl said. “I really want to ge...

Ellen Pajor promotes student expression

SLP Nest coordinator Ellen Pajor cleans the cafe area in preparation for an upcoming food and health inspection.

Evie Nelson

September 27, 2018

How is your role classified throughout the SLP Nest? “I am the nest coordinator. That means I am the adult on site, if anybody needs anything, or if people come in and are new they can ask me. If you’re ever having an issue, you can come to me. My goal is to be as involved as the students wou...

Science teacher takes on added leadership role

Science teacher Al Wachutka steps into his new position as the Gifted and Talented (GT) counselor. GT is a program for students who excel in various academic areas.

David Bryant

February 23, 2018

Science teacher and new Gifted and Talented advocate Alan Wachutka said becoming the Gifted and Talented adviser brought needed change for him to continue enjoying teaching. “I felt the change would keep me teaching longer and get out of a rut. It has been a number of years since I have done anyt...

Ellen George, cancer survivor

Library media specialist Ellen George was diagnosed with stage four uterine cancer in 2005. George reflects on her battle to beat the disease.

Nietzsche Deuel

February 21, 2018

Book club adviser and library media specialist Ellen George said she vividly recalls her initial surprise after being diagnosed with stage four uterine cancer in 2005. “It was a surprise because I was only 50 years old and that just wasn't in my family history or anything. You just can't believe i...

eSports adviser prepares players for future

E-Sports coach Jacob Utities teaching his 5th hour class, A+ Computer Tech II, on Feb. 20. eSports will begin practice again in March.

Lukas Levin

February 20, 2018

According to coach Jacob Utities, Park’s eSports team will play online in Nationals in June after an undefeated season. However, Utities said he still struggles with managing and expanding team. “I can’t really devote much time to each team because there are nine teams, and I am one person,...

New science instructor adds to equation

Chemistry teacher Patrick Puskala uses his Macbook Pro to teach class Feb. 2.

Lukas Levin

February 2, 2018

The science department recently hired a new member to their staff, chemistry teacher Patrick Puskala. Puskala said arriving at Park was a jarring yet unique experience. “(Coming to Park) is kind of a shock, but I think it’s a nice place, (and) I like my students. I can’t say anything bad,”...

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