Teacher Feature Week 10

Ms. Hemmerlin

CTE, Education Professions 


Q:  Why did you choose Red Mountain?

Hemmerlin: This is my second year at Red Mountain and it has excellent administration, teachers, students and staff. Plus it is where my daughter goes to school, and we get to spend time together daily.

Q: What made you decide to be a teacher?

Hemmerlin: I would have to say it is probably something I was born to do. Both my parents are teachers, so maybe there was some influence. I knew at a very young age that I had a special connection with kids and that was something I wanted to make a career of.

Mr. Whetten

Social Studies 


Q: Why did you choose Red Mountain?

Whetten: I did an internship here. I came to really love the culture, staff and student body here at Red Mountain. I did three other internships at other schools and none of them came close to what Red Mountain had to offer. Mr. Kaufman, Ms. Sokol, Principal Slemmer and the students as well as many others really made me want to teach here at Red Mountain.

Q: What is your favorite thing about teaching?

Whetten: Building relationships that lead to trust and confidence in my students that then aid them in maximizing their potential. I love seeing students overcome obstacles, learn to problem solve and ultimately succeed. I love the students and really want the best for each of them. Everything I do is for their benefit.

Mr. Marks

Assistant Principal, Activities 


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

Marks: This is my fifth year as the assistant principal for Activities at Red Mountain. I deal with the non-athletic activities and oversee almost all the non-attendance disciplinary matters on campus.

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

Marks: I bring a passion for bringing positive and lifelong experiences to students. I think this is why students come to high school every day. My favorite thing about Red Mountain is the opportunity to forge positive relationships with students, parents and staff, which in turn radiate out into the greater Red Mountain community.