The first day of school: the beginning of a new chapter for students and many new faces for teachers. Not many teachers left this year, but Bonneville did gain 12 new teachers. Mr. Owen, head principal, believes “[t]eachers leave their school for many reasons.” For example, some teachers wanted to be closer to home, while some wanted to experience a different path in life. No matter the decision to leave or stay, Bonneville’s new staff members are worth a mention.
Micheal Strobel is a history teacher who teaches freshmen and juniors. Strobel has taught Sandcreek Middle School’s 7th and 8th grades for four years respectively. One of his life goals is to teach all grades, so he can teach the entirety of world history at least once. Another dream of his is to eventually teach college students. Strobel’s favorite period in history is the Roman Empire because it shows the world’s exponential growth in such a short time. According to Strobel, two of his junior year teachers influenced him into liking history. Although there has been change in the history department, other wings in the school have experienced staff change as well.
Cody Baxter is a new chemistry teacher at Bonneville this year; he currently teaches freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Baxter taught for two years at Sandcreek before coming to Bonneville. When Baxter moved to Bonneville, he said he “[e]njoyed the school and liked the scientist staff.” Baxter claims the way to help the school is to never give up on the students and to set high expectations. Many students believe “when they fail, it's one and done.” According to Baxter, “[students] should do [the work] over and over until they get it.” Baxter’s first choice in job ideas was not teaching: it was to be a dietetic technician. He moved into teaching because of sports and the anatomy of physics to become a better athlete and the nutrition and fitness you get.
Teean Drollinger teaches freshmen and sophomores in algebra and geometry. When the students talk to her as a friend and buddy she loves it as she “wants a safe and happy atmosphere in her classroom.” This was her first year teaching, the first job of choice was actually interior designing. She had a lot of hiccups down that path and the job just did not work out. Math always came easy to her, so she decided to give teaching a chance. Drollinger enjoys the core moment when the math finally clicks..
Teachers from all over come and go from different schools. They all improve and help the school as much as possible. Bonneville will not always get new teachers but when the school does it is very fortunate for everyone. This year we got quite a few such as Strobel, Baxter, and Drollinger. When walking through the halls, make them welcomed and appreciated to the Bonneville community.