By: Baylee Dorcey
This year welcomes five new teachers to Sterling High School. Many of them share the same amount of experience teaching. However, there are exceptions. All of them share the same passion for teaching and are very excited to meet their students, which there are no exceptions to. For those of you who haven’t met them, here are your new teachers. Mr. Mendenhall is taking over as the new weight training teacher, and this is his third year teaching public school. Previously, taught three years at the junior college, he then became a teacher because he enjoys working with kids and teaching them about physical fitness. Mendenhall’s goal for this year is to develop his students both physically and mentally. When asked why he chose to work at SHS, he replied: “I was going to school at NJC and I liked the community. I liked the town and the people.” Like Mr. Mendenhall, Mrs. Goss takes delight in working with students.
Mrs. Goss teaches Algebra I and Geometry, and this is her fourth year teaching. She grew up in Brush and wanted to be closer to her family and it was cheaper to live out here than in the city. The thing that drew her to teaching was the ability to choose a different activity every day and getting to know all types of different people. And, her goal for this year is to have a positive year. Both Goss and Mrs. Church enjoy meeting the different types of students.
Mrs. Church teaches English I, English II, American literature survey, and yearbook. It is her fourth year teaching. She became a teacher because she always loved English and both of her parents were teachers. Her #1 goal this year is to get to know all of her students. Unlike Mrs. Church, who came to Sterling because she wanted to work at a larger school, Mrs. Flippin wanted to get away from the big city.
Mrs. Flippin teaches Family and Consumer Sciences. She has been teaching for four years. She came to SHS because she wanted to get away from the big city. I became a teacher because I love helping people and seeing that light bulb go off. Flippin’s goal for this year is to make connections with her students and grow the Family Career Community of America (FCCLA) club. Mr. Negley and Flippin want to develop better connections with their students.
Another new teacher is Mr. Negley. He teaches the Foundations of Art and Studio Art classes. During the 80s, he went to school for his Bachelor’s in art and education, which he put to use at the Sterling Correctional Facility. After his retirement, he got the chance to teach art, something he carries a torch for. His goal for this year is to get his students as far as he possibly can in their art education. The duo of new art teachers both want to develop their students as far as they possibly can artistically.
Current teacher of Digital Photography, Ceramics, Sculpture, and Graphic Design, Mr. Cho is one of the new art teachers. He came to Sterling to spread the world of art, which he has a passion for. Cho’s goal for this year is to make connections with his students and survive. It would seem that he’s already doing the former. Isaac Deleon says, Mr. Cho is the GOAT. Greatest of all Time. While Isaac might not think the other teachers are is cool as Mr. Cho, the Bengal Cry is very excited to introduce you to this year’s new teachers and hopefully, they stay here for a longtime. We hope, the rest of Sterling High School is as excited to get to know them as we are.