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Science teacher takes on added leadership role

Science teacher takes on added leadership role

David Bryant

February 23, 2018


Filed under Profiles, School clubs and activities, Staff Profiles

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

Ellen George, cancer survivor

Nietzsche Deuel

February 21, 2018


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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

eSports adviser prepares players for future

Lukas Levin

February 20, 2018


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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

New science instructor adds to equation

Lukas Levin

February 2, 2018


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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,”...

IB Coordinator strives to make a change

IB Coordinator strives to make a change

Isabel Kjaer

December 1, 2017


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As Jenny Magdal looks ahead to her third year as the International Baccalaureate Coordinator, said she hopes to continue inspiring students. According to Magdal, the International Baccalaureate (IB) program works to aid students in creating positive changes globally. “IB is a whole program t...

Spanish teacher feels excited to work with father

Spanish teacher feels excited to work with father

Makagbe Kuyateh

November 7, 2017


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When Spanish teacher Lydia Brubaker found out Park had an opening for a language teacher, she felt her dream was being fulfilled. “I always thought St. Louis Park would be the type of school I would want to teach at because when I was here I felt that I got a really good education,” Lydia Brubaker...

Volunteer gives time to orchestra

Volunteer gives time to orchestra

Eleanor Kline-Olson

May 20, 2017


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According to orchestra director Miriam Edgar, Kou Lee is a volunteer helping orchestra out because he is working on his teaching license.   “Kou is a friend of mine from college and Kou is volunteering his time to get orchestra experience in our classroom and we’re also observing his knowled...

Media Specialist Ellen George discusses her role at Park

Media Specialist Ellen George discusses her role at Park

Nicole Sanford and Caroline Green

March 2, 2017


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What’s your name? What is your role at Park? I’m Ellen George, and I’ve been the library media specialist at Park since 2003. How did you become a librarian? “In my mid-forties, I decided that I was going to go back to work full time and that I was going back to this dream I had of ...

Meet the staffer

Meet the staffer

Sydney Hall

January 11, 2017


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Brittani Schroeder recently started as an administrative assistant in the athletic department at Park. According to Schroeder, she mostly works in the registration aspect of the department. “Right now I’m just working on sports registration,” Schroeder said. “That’s all they’ve really...

Q & A with a social worker: Marlee Nirenstein

Q & A with a social worker: Marlee Nirenstein

Ndunzi Kunsunga and Jacob Stillman

January 5, 2017


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Q: What does your job as a social worker entail? A: It is really very much a direct service role, meaning that pretty much all we do is see kids. It is a combination of meeting with students one on one, looking at what’s getting in the way of students being successful in school. Trying to a...

Long-term substitute acclimates to new environment

Long-term substitute acclimates to new environment

Dani Orloff

December 11, 2016


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When long-term substitute teacher Rebecca Wilson reflects on her temporary position at Park, it is not only a new class she is teaching, but also a new field to be working in. Wilson said she did not get a degree in teaching until last spring. “Teaching is actually my second career. I have an un...

Art teacher shares passion

Art teacher shares passion

Nicole Sanford

December 11, 2016


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After hearing great things about Park, new art teacher Erin Foley took the opportunity to teach at the school alongside her husband, Christoph Nordmark. Foley said practical reasons fostered her switch to Park. “My husband is (English teacher) Mr. Nordmark, and I knew there was going to be a...

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