Since Bonneville High School opened its doors in 1951, many new employees have joined the staff. Each faculty member has impacted a variety of students who are on their own road to success. Although Bonneville High School has been fortunate to have decades upon decades of effective teachers, there will always be room for new teachers to join the team.
Bradley “Brad” Hansen graduated from Idaho State University in Pocatello, and he teaches 11th grade U.S. History and 12th grade Government. Before coming to Bonneville, Hansen taught 8th grade history for seven years at Rocky Mountain Middle School. Hansen was ready to move up in the teaching world; Hansen explained “moving across the field to the high school and seeing and teaching so many of my past students again.” Hansen obtained the idea from his previous students, who were seniors at the time, to move to the high school and teach there in order to see what school he preferred: Bonneville or Rocky.
When asked what is the best part of working with the Bonneville High School community, his response was “[b]eing a part of the culture and environment of a high school.” Bonneville High School has been known to have enthusiastic sports teams, as well as clubs for everyone to enjoy. Hansen's inspiration for his work comes from “a belief [that the] youth are what push progress.” Hansen “want[s] to do [his] small part in helping the future be brighter by helping students reach their potential.” Having the belief that the upcoming generations are the world's future is a huge motivator for teachers. Many, like Hansen, find themselves helping students identify and unlock their true potential in life.
Hansen spends his days teaching over in the trailers and wishes to see all of the other teachers and students. Hansen hardly knows much of the other faculty, however the students he knows quite well. One of the things that Hansen looks forward to is the conversations with his students mainly because “High school students understand the world more than eighth grade students.” Hansen enjoys listening to his students having real laughs and seeing his past students and how much they have grown.
Since opening its doors over seven decades ago, Bonneville High School has seen a variety of faces; some old, some new. No matter what year it is, everyone can rest assured that only the best staff resides at BHS. Whether they have been a Bee for three months or thirty years, each faculty member is crucial in the development and growth of all students.