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English teacher returns to Park

Used with permission from Arika Mareck.
Arika Mareck strives to stay positive
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...

Art teacher adjusts to distance pottery classes

Isabel Nathan
Angela Jacobs navigates new learning models
November 1, 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
Anxiety towards hybrid model leads to decision
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 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.
Advancement encourages Myszkowski to use his voice
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...

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.
Going paper-free creates more convenient, sustainable classroom
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 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.
Sophie Sigel applies her experience teaching abroad
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,”...

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.
Samantha Kamal gains knowledge, experience through student teaching
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...

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.
Bobby Otto plans to teach yoga next semester
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...

Student teacher aids Allison Luskey

Jenna Wollitz assists health teacher Allison Luskey. She is a master's student at Augsburg University.
Jenna Wollitz helps to manage the classroom
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...

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.
Keisha Piehl acclimates to new job
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...

Ellen Pajor promotes student expression

SLP Nest coordinator Ellen Pajor cleans the cafe area in preparation for an upcoming food and health inspection.
SLP Nest Coordinator aims to represent core values
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...

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.
Al Wachutka becomes new Gifted and Talented advocate
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...

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