Teacher Feature Week 9

Ms. Palmer

Office Manager 

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Q: What is your position at Red Mountain? What do you do on a day to day basis?

Palmer: I am Principal Ryan’s secretary and manage his schedule, which is crazy busy. I also manage the school’s budget, process payroll and work with our non-teaching staff to ensure we’re all doing the best we can to assist our students, families and community.

Q: What unique characteristic do you bring to Red Mountain?

Palmer: I have a degree in Metallurgical Engineering. Engineering was a natural fit for me because I have an instinct for designing order and increasing efficiency. Even as a secretary, I put these skills to use every day. It helps a ton with trying to keep Mr. Ryan on task.

Ms. Witting

Math

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Q:  What unique characteristic do you bring to Red Mountain?

Witting: I don’t think it is unique to only me but love my job. My friends with jobs outside of the teaching field don’t understand why I enjoy it so much but they also never have the stories I get to tell. There is something about teaching that is different every day, even down to every hour. I get to watch teenagers grow in learning and in their lives for 10 months of a year. I get to help them learn and to laugh with them on a daily basis. It really is one of the best jobs on the earth. Although I do think I have the largest Einstein collection on campus.

Q: What is your favorite thing about teaching?

Witting: A day doesn’t go by that I don’t laugh with my students. There is always someone that makes me smile regardless of how my day has gone so far. Teenagers are awesome. They are learning so much about life, trying to figure out who they are and where they are going. I get to spend almost a year of their lives with them helping them see that they don’t have to always have it all together. That they can laugh at themselves, that they can learn from their mistakes and maybe teach them a little math in between. My absolute favorite thing, however, is seeing students when they come back to say ‘hello’ in the years after I’ve had them in my class.

Ms. Garrard

English

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Q: Why did you choose Red Mountain?

Garrard: This is my third year at Red Mountain. Honestly, I choose Red Mountain because I felt that in order to master the practice of teaching in an English classroom I needed to work with the Red Mountain teachers about whom I had heard such wonderful things. The teacher who mentored me through the beginning of my career transferred to Red Mountain and raved about what an incredible group of people she worked with. Then, I worked with Mrs. Cupryk and that cemented it; I wanted to learn to be a better teacher and Red Mountain was the place that I could accomplish

Q: What made you decide to be a teacher?

Garrard: Teaching is simply what I am meant to do with my life. I come from a family of teachers. My father, both grandmothers, three aunts and an uncle all spent their lives as teachers. Growing up I taught reading comprehension to a classroom full of stuffed animals using hand-me-down textbooks my grandmother brought home from work. I would watch in awe when, without fail, each time I was out with father we would be stopped by a stranger calling, “Hey, Coach!” It blew my mind that it was even possible for one man to know that many people. He (almost) always remembered their names and always stopped to ask how they were and what they were doing now. When it was time to make grown-up decisions about college and major and careers, I couldn’t think of another path that would be as fulfilling as the one I had seen so many of my family members travel.

 

SPECIAL CONTRIBUTION BY MANAGING EDITORS: TAYLOR GUZIK AND TAYLOR PAGE

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