Nov. 6, 2012
New teachers get Fremont welcome By Janet Lopez
Starting a new school year can be exciting but also nerve-racking. Just like students, new teachers also experience those first day jitters. But as time passes and the months roll by, new teachers fight through those first day jitters and begin adjusting to their surroundings and slowly settle in. “You’re always a little nervous when you start something new,” Dena Zlotziver, one of the six new teachers from the English department, said. This is Zlotziver’s first year as a full-time teacher. She came from Pioneer High School in San Jose, and was looking for some change. She loved the diversity at Pioneer, and was so impressed with the diversity and community at Fremont. “I love my students,” Zlotziver said. “They’re a lot of fun.” Although she is still finding her way around the huge campus she would love to stay at Fremont. Teachers create a rela-
tionship with their students and remember why they became teachers. “Sharing knowledge is my favorite part of being a teacher, ” Andres Zamora, English teacher said. Zamora graduated from San Jose State University. He was a Para educator at Monta Vista High School and also worked in the East San Jose district. It is his first year teaching and he is currently finishing his credential. “I always knew I wanted to be a teacher,” he said. Even though he knew he wanted to be a teacher since elementary school, he pursued engineering but realized it was not for him. He took time off school to work but decided to get back in the pursuit of being a teacher. Zamora commented that he has always wanted to work with the Latino population and was recommended to teach at Fremont for its large quantity of Latino students. “I really believe in the
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JEFF Kakes, English teacher, passes out papers to his world literature class while sophomore Shane Zamaroni waits for a handout.
whole process of being a role model and just seeing that a Latino can be in this position,” Zamora said. He enjoys Fremont and is reminded of his own high school and classmates and would like to keep teaching at FHS. Another teacher who shares the love for teaching, Jeff Kakes, is an English teacher for sophomores and juniors. Kakes came from the corporate world, and at one time he worked for Ebay. He decided to transition into teaching because
he worked with kids when he was younger and really missed it. “I always knew I wanted to become a teacher at some point,” Kakes said. “My teachers when I was growing up were some of my biggest role models.” He wants to have the opportunity to be that for someome else. With a similar perspective, Rick Barlow, math teacher, came from Illinois and graduated from UC Santa Cruz. He chose Fremont because he loves how
strong and how supportive the community is and the diversity among this school stood out to him. “I struggled a lot in high school,” Barlow said. “I became a teacher because I want to give back.” He struggled in math growing up and as a result he is dedicated to help students learn and understand the material. Bob Capriles teaches two sections of geometry and one of engineering design. He began teaching at Fremont in the second semester of last year, but considered himself a teacher ever since he tutored others while he was in college and continued with his boys. “I really enjoy working with the students,” Capriles said. Capriles truly has a passion for sharing knowledge and loves the moment when he sees others understand something. “It’s a magical experience,” he said. He would love to keep teaching at Fremont as long as possible.
New Teachers: Bonnie McCune Andres Zamora Rick Barlow Dena Zlotziver David Bigelman Kathy Sharp Aisha Lomando Jeffrey Lutze Kennedy Bui Bob Capriles Hellie Mateo Tyler Cripe Jeff Kakes
Diversity is a big feature that seems to attract many to Fremont but that is not all. The students’ desire to learn and willingness to grow is what makes Fremont the right school for them. These new teachers notice the potential this school has and keep working hard to make this school even better. A strong community and the friendliness among the students and staff make them feel right at home.
Rosado returns to Firebird status By Melissa Parlan
“I love being at Fremont,” new assistant principal, Jeff Rosado, said. “I’m learning new things every day.” Rosado became one of Fremont’s newest staff members at the beginning of the school year, taking on the role of assistant principal. He was a history and Associated Student Body (ASB) leadership teacher at Cupertino High School for the past nine years. He was also a Spanish teacher at Lynbrook High School for one year. He said it’s nice to come back where he went to high school. Rosado graduated from Fremont High School in 1989. “I love every bit about Fremont,” Rosado said. “Sports were a big part of it.” He was an athlete for various sports during his high school career, being involved in cross country and basketball for four years, and track and field as a freshman and senior. While at Fremont, Rosado had a very influential teacher who indirectly inspired him to become involved in the school system. “As a high school student, I didn’t want to become a teacher,” he said. “My Spanish teacher, Senor Oswald Pereya, motivated me to learn Spanish and get in touch with my Latin roots.” Rosado explained that Pereya’s influence and motivation led to the decisions he made that got him to become a teacher. “If I never got that nudge to learn Spanish, I would have never gotten to where I am today,” Rosado said. After spending so much time as a teacher, Rosado wouldn’t describe his trans-
If you could do anything and not fail, what would you do first? Chuck Herrera, student conduct liaison: “I don’t have any children yet, but I would be a good father. I would do my best to be the best father I could be.” Eric Wong, dean of students: “I would wrestle a bear.” Gladys Marroquin, administrative assistant: “I will make sure that all of the students that are assigned detention, go to detention. I spend so many hours working on that.”
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JEFF Rosado, assistant principal, returns to his desk to complete some work on his computer.
fer as a sacrifice, but as an opportunity to keep moving forward. He misses his old school and students, but he sees this as a positive change and growth for his career. Out of all the different schools the Fremont Unified School District could’ve transferred Rosado to, it was a great coincidence he was placed at Fremont. “I was delighted I was being transferred to Fremont,” he said, “They could’ve sent me anywhere. Fremont is perfect for me.” Ever since returning to Fremont, Rosado has been reunited with friends and coaches from his high school class. Rosado went to school with PE teacher Jason Townsend and special education teacher Bobby Soto. “It’s a nice coincidence that we’re all here,” Rosado said. He’s also kept in touch with his PE teacher and cross country teacher, Doug Boyd, and his basketball coach, Phil Kelly. Rosado has yet to face new challenges and chang-
es. As an assistant principal, staying in his office most of the day doesn’t allow him much opportunity to go outside and interact with students. “It was easier to get to know my students quickly and on a personal level as a classroom teacher,” Rosado said. “I love creating a community and sense of togetherness in my classroom and watching my students grow and learn. Now it’s harder for me to know kids and kids to know me.” Because Rosado is still new to the school, he isn’t as helpful to students and faculty as much as he would like to be. “That feeling of newness is something I have to deal with,” Rosado said. “However that will change over time. I’ve just got to be patient.” What Rosado noticed right away was students’ spirit for Fremont. “Students seem to talk more about loving Fremont,” Rosado said. “They seem to celebrate the diversity of students and interests here. It’s something
they’re proud of.” This is a positive experience for students, according to Rosado. “Being out in the real world, this is something students have to deal with,” he said. “So it’s great how they’re getting a head start here.” As for the future, Rosado hopes to be a long-term staff member at Fremont. He plans on building relationships differently now that he is not a teacher and feel connected largely to the school and wide range of students. “I’m looking forward to getting to know more kids and learn more about the school,” Rosado said. However, throughout his challenges the Fremont family has helped him immensely. “I have been overwhelmed by how helpful and accepting the students and staff has been towards me,” Rosado said. “Since it wasn’t an easy decision for me to leave the classroom, coming to such a great place like Fremont has made the transition that much easier.
Julian Ramirez, freshman: “I would go and make a time machine. I would travel back in time.” Luis Castillo, sophomore: “I would go and buy a unicorn.” Koraima Guzman, junior: “If I could do anything, I would help people. That way everyone in the world wouldn’t be disappointed.” Carlos Martinez, junior: “I would go to the hospital and volunteer my help to those in need.” Roshee Maha, senior: “If I could do anything, I would take tests really well. I’m horrible at test-taking.” Victor Fateh, senior: “I would innovate and start my own company because I could make millions of dollars.”
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