The Echo

Opportunities arise to thank teachers, staff

Park has been closed since March 18, and in the midst of the pandemic is Teacher Appreciation Week May 3-8. Community members and students are encouraged to decorate the side walk outside Park May 3-8 and send photos of thanks to by May 1.

Marta Hill

April 29, 2020

In the middle of school closures for COVID-19, teachers have had to adapt to unprecedented circumstances. During Teacher Appreciation Week May 3-8, there are multiple ways to thank teachers, according to an email sent by the Parent Engagement Committee. “Stop by the high-school sometime during ...

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 science teacher promotes a welcoming environment

Teacher Stephanie Diamond prepares  for her classes throughout the day. Diamond teaches biology and environmental science.

Isaac Wahl

January 19, 2019

The newest addition to the science department, Stephanie Diamond, who teaches environmental science and biology, said right off the bat Park gave her a sense of community that sparked her initial interest to apply. “I think Park has a really strong, close-knit community that everyone’s kind of...

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...

Teacher travels to Antarctica

Penguins gather together along the shoreside of Antarctica. Wifahrt stayed in Antarctica for nine days, including three days of travel.

Samantha Klepfer and Evelyn Nelson

January 18, 2018

From seeing penguins and whales to a polar plunge in the Antarctic waters, Honors English 10 teacher Annamarie Wilfahrt returns with new experiences for the classroom. “I was reminded personally that you can experience new things, look at things and go back to having that childlike wonder and excit...

Theater director talks about theater program

Theater director talks about theater program

January 4, 2018

Theater director Jodi Hatzenbeller said she has been working as the artistic director of the theater program for 18 years and also teaches theater-related classes at the high school such as IB film. “I direct all three productions throughout the year, which means I work with the actors, I sort of coo...

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