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The Growl

Bettendorf High School

Friday, Sept. 25, 2015

Vol. 52 Issue 1

BHS welcomes new staff by Brandon Gore and Karly Lent Staff Reporters Tyler Strodtman: Counselor BA: Iowa State, 2007 MA: University of Northern Iowa, 2011 Years taught: 3 Previous job: Worked at West Branch Middle School Favorite part about teaching: “It is interesting to see wide range developmental issues between different ages. There is a lot of life and energy with high school students, and I never go home tired.” What I do at the high school: “I am a counselor which means I am a helper. I help students to develop goals, achieve academic goals, and to develop a sense of who they are.” Family: Wife-Josie, Daughter-June (1) Fun Fact: “One time I was on a bus in Mexico that caught on fire.” What I want students to know about me: “I am really excited to be here. I’ve heard good things about Bettendorf, and I am impressed with the system here.” Clint Heitz: Teacher BA: University of Iowa, 2006 MA: Western Illinois, 2014 Years taught: Pleasant Valley teacher from 20062014 Previous job: Teacher at Pleasant Valley Favorite part about teaching: “Every year there is a new, interesting, batch of students. Seeing their new dynamics is the best part.” What I do at the high school: “I am an English teacher.” Family: Wife, daughter (6) Fun Fact: “I am part of the Thespian group and played Chino in “West Side Story”.” What I want students to know about me: “Students always have support, and I am always available to help.” Caleb Claus: Teacher BA: University of Northern Iowa, 2015 Years taught: Cedar Falls High School, student teacher, 2015 Previous job: Campus resident assistant Favorite part about teaching: “Getting to know and see new students every day and help them learn.” What I do at the high school: “I am a mathematics teacher.” Family: Fiance Fun Fact: “Sports and music are my two main hobbies.” What I want students to know about me: “I am always relaxed, easy going. I make my class as fun as possible.”

Brennen Schmertmann: Teacher BA: University of Northern Iowa Years taught: Student teacher at Durant High School before starting at Bettendorf last January. Previous job: Deere Run grounds crew Favorite part about teaching: “It is interesting to help students learn in a variety of different ways and see the different ways that that is possible.” What I do at the high school: “I am a mathematics teacher.” Family: No family Fun Fact: “I play guitar.” What I want students to know about me: “I am really laid back, not strict, and always open to help.” Kevin Trettin: Special Educator BA: University of Northern Iowa, 2003 MA: Morningside College, 2015 Years taught: 13 Previous Job: Art teacher at Clinton High School, middle school math teacher Favorite part about teaching: “Working with the students. It doesn’t matter what I’m teaching, it’s all about the kids.” What I do at the high school: “I’m a strategist for math.” Family: Wife-Glenda (14 yrs), Tienna (14), Clay (12), Kiya (11), Malachi (10), Jayna (7), and Amiya (4) Fun Fact: “I ride a Harley.” What I want students to know about me: “I’m an active foster parent. I have fostered 30 kids in the past four years. Two of my sons are adopted from Africa, and two of my daughters are adopted our of foster care.” Sarah Hackbarth: Special Educator BA: Iowa State, 2008 MA: Currently working on MA at Morningside College Years taught: 1 Previous job: Guest teacher for Bettendorf and North Scott school districts, also worked for a credit union Favorite part about teaching: “My favorite part about teaching is working with the kids. I like getting to know students in class and building relationships with them.” What I do at the high school: “I’m a strategist. I teach one class by myself which is called ‘Success Skills.’ I also coteach english and science classes.” Family: Husband-Ryan, pregnant with a girl (due in Nov.) Fun Fact: “I love to sing.” What I want students to know about me: “I care about them. I want students to know that they can always come to me with questions or concerns.”

John Galantis: Security Guard BA: University of Northern Iowa Years taught: Never worked in a school district before Previous job: Retired correctional officer after 25 years Favorite part about teaching: “Everybody is happy here.” What I do at the high school: “I try to keep everyone safe, from others and themselves. I help students solve problems when they need help or if they ask.” Family: No family Fun Fact: “I taught welding, tool and die, and punch and break operation.” What I want students to know about me: “If I tell you something, you can believe it. I will not lie to you, even if you may not like it.” Beth Thompson: Special Educator BA: Eastern Kentucky University, 2003 MA: Western Illinois University, 2015 Years taught: 9 Previous job: 5th grade teacher and junior high teacher in Sylvis, Ill., high school teacher in Wittenmyer, JB Young, West High School, and Mark Twain Elementary School Favorite part about teaching: “I like working with kids.” What I do at the high school: “I am a special educator. I teach success skils and I co-teach math.” Family: Husband-Todd, Daughter-Lila (7) Fun Fact: “I’m an adrenaline junky. I have been skydiving, bunjee jumping and base jumping.” What I want students to know about me: “I’m excited to be here and I’m excited to be teaching back at a high school.” Dave Jenkins: Academic Interventionalist BA: Taylor University, 2005 MA: Ashford University, 2011 Years taught: 8 Previous job: P.E. teacher at East Central Schools for grades K-12, P.E. teacher at Davenport West High School Favorite part about teaching: “I like to see the students grow and mature.” What I do at the high school: “I am an academic interventionalist. I assist students who are struggling in a class. I’m also a strength and conditioning coach, where I work with the student athletes after school.” Family: Wife-Erin, Levi (5), Cooper (3), Wes (almost 2) Fun Fact: “I used to train pit crews for Dale Earnheardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, and Kasey Kahne.” What I want studetns to know about me: I’m willing to help anyone who wants help.”

Tricia Cichosz: Media Specialist BA: St. Ambrose University, 2006 MA: Western Illinois, 2012 Years taught: 9 Previous job: Fourth grade teacher, special education, and teacher librarian all at Mark Twain Elementary School Favorite part about teaching: “I like making connections and forming relationships with students. I want students to want to become lifelong learners.” What I do at the high school: “I teach integration needs. I want there to be more book clubs, and I want to collaborate with students. The library is a place for students and a place for inventing things.” Family: Husband-Scott, DaughtersSydney (6) and Avery (2) Fun Fact: “I am from Minnesota.” What I want students to know about me: “You can find me in the library, and I want you to use the library as a resource in your learning. I am here as an educator and I’m always open to new ideas, to teach, to collaborate, to learn, and to be supportive of anything that is student driven.”

Index Page 2: Opinion • Column, The Snarl Page 3: Features • Show Choir, Fall Musical Page 4: Features • Yearbook Changes Page 5: Features • Debate Nationals, Field Trip Page 6: Features • Artwork, Review Page 7: Sports • Tennis Courts, Student Trainers, Boys Swimming Page 8: • Meet the Growl staff, Homecoming Spirit Week events. Visit us at bettgrowl.com.

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