By Amanda Ferguson
This year SHS is welcoming seven new teachers to its campus. Some have been teaching for as long as they can remember, while others have just started. Some did not even go to school to become a teacher. Foe example Ms. Baillas, went to school to be an engineer.
Mr. Cuba said, “I never went to college to be a teacher, teaching found me.”
Mr. Cuba is the new science teacher. This is not his first rodeo he has been teaching for 17 years now, all of which have been at a high school level.
He said, “When I was in college I taught labs, a PHD told me I had a knack for teaching.”
Before Sterling he taught at Summit High School, in Summit County.
He said, “I drove through here to go pheasant hunting, It is an easier and shorter ways from where I plan on retiring.”
He said, “Interacting with teens. I find them to be very funny.”
Now down to the educational part of things, Cuba’s number one goal to reach this year is “to have the best lesson ready for the students everyday.”
Mr. McGuiness is one of the new English teachers. He has also been teaching for 17 years, granted not all at the same level, but still not his first rodeo.
He said, “It was a process of elimination. I was working at a church and I liked the teaching part of it, but not the administration.”
McGuiness said, “ My family lived here before. We liked the community so when there was a chance to we jumped on it.”
Before teaching here at SHS he taught two years at Laguna Creek High School in California.
He said, “I am a big fan of Socrates, I really want to get Socratic Seminars off the ground in my English classes.”
Ms. Splichal is also another English teacher. She has taught at many grade levels. Five years in secondary schools in Colorado and some in Nebraska.
Splichal said, “My passion for education began when I was a little girl role playing “school” in our toy room. I then discovered Montessori with my own children. When the time arose for my youngest to attend first grade, I began teaching in traditional education. Having an intricate role in preparing youth for the future has been both exciting and rewarding.”
She said, “The SHS Cheerleaders could say it best when they chant: T-E-A-M-W-O-R-K. The camaraderie at Sterling High School starts at the top. We are part of a big family here. When looking in from outside of the District, one might say, ‘I want what they have.’ I am proud to work at RE-1.”
Her number one goal to reach this school year is to work tirelessly at inspiring her students to overcome adversity, find their brilliance and to have each person who walks into her classroom to feel valued.
Ms. Biallas, is one of the new math teachers. This is her first year as a teacher. She became a teacher because she wants to inspire people to love math and numbers.
Biallas said, “The community we have is fantastic and very welcoming.”
Ms. Biallas’ number one goal this year is to have students apply themselves in geometry.
Ms. Montejano is another SHS math teacher. She has been a teacher for 14 years at the middle school and 4 years at a high school.
“I love math and I like kids, and teaching at a high school allows me to talk about math all day.”
She said, “I like seeing the light bulb go off when a student understands something they have been struggling with.”
Montejano’s number one goal that she hopes to reach the school year is to see everyone pass and for them to be confident on math.
Dr. Johnson is the new business and accounting teacher. She has been teaching for many year. Almost all of it has been at a high school level.
“I grew up in a town like Sterling. I felt comfortable in this town . It is also similar to the one I grew up on and the school is similar to where I went and taught at.”
Dr. Johnson said the reason she became a teacher was that her mom said it was her calling and that she saw the teacher in her. Her favorite thing about being a teacher is that she interacts with the students and shares their gain of knowledge and she enjoys helping them develop their minds. Dr. Johnsons number one goal that she hopes to meet the school years is that she would like to organize the FBLA program for the students.
Ms. Bell is the new home economics teacher. She has been a teacher for over 20 years.
“I grew up coming through here. My family lives close by and I know the are,” Bell said
The reason she became a teacher was because she loved to learn and liked to share what she learned. Her favorite thing about teaching is seeing the light bulb click when a student understands something new. Ms. Bells number one goal this year is to grow the Family Careers Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).