Lawrence North welcomes 15 new teachers

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Amanda Futrell

1. What classes do you teach?

I co-teach English 11 and I teach Basic Skills Development.

2. How was your first week at LN?/ What was your best moment in the last week?

It was good. I think making connections and relationships with the students I have has been the best part. And, the staff has been really supportive and helpful with the first week.

3. What are you most looking forward to this year?

Learning. It’s been a long time since I co-taught, so I am looking forward to learning the English material and learning the LN way.

4. Other than teaching, what are you involved in at LN, and what would you like to get involved in in the future?

I love sports, so I want to be able to watch and support my students and the community.

 

Daniel Herrick

1. What classes do you teach? 

I’m the assistant band director, so I teach all the band classes. This year, I’m also teaching Hip Hop History and Theory.

2. How was your first week at LN?/ What was your best moment in the last week? 

I think just finally getting the kids to start playing in band. I’m really excited to be able to work here, so just being here has been the best part.

3. What are you most looking forward to this year? 

I’m just looking forward to getting to know and work with the kids. I want to build those relationships and see how good we can be.

4. Other than teaching, what are you involved in at LN, and what would you like to get involved in in the future? 

I’m going to be helping out with the Pep Band and helping out with the musical and Pit Orchestra, and the Marching Band. So, I plan to be involved in anything musical that I can help out with.

 

Elizabeth Warner

1. What classes do you teach?

I teach choir and musical theater.

2. How was your first week at LN?/ What was your best moment in the last week?

It’s like a dream come true. I’ve gotten to see a lot of students that I worked with in middle school so it’s really neat to get to see them as actual adults and the students have just been amazing.” “I would say my favorite moment was when I got to meet the kids in the chamber and musical theater classes because they are small classes and I was worried like  was everyone going to be on board and they took every challenge and were ready to do this.

3. What are you most looking forward to this year?

Show choir season, I’m really excited for show choir season. We are going to have two competitive show choirs and we are going to kick some butt this year.

4. Other than teaching, what are you involved in at LN, and what would you like to get involved in in the future?

I intend to go to the football games and be a part of that theme. I’m going to be involved in the musical and the winter performing arts showcase.

 

Elyce Bonds 

1. What do you teach at LN, and how long have you been teaching?

I teach nutrition and wellness.

2. How was your first week at LN?/ What was your best moment in the last week?

I think [schools are] really all the same because you create your own environment in your classroom. As a teacher you establish those relations with your students, and each classroom shouldn’t be different if you meet those expectations.

3. What are you looking forward to throughout this year, and what was your best moment from your past years teaching? 

What I’m looking forward to this year is being back in Lawrence, being back home. I grew up at LC. I’m an LC grad. Just being active, and continuing to be active in my community. My best moments teaching have been building the everlasting relationships with students, and that I continue to grow. 

4. Other than teaching, what are you involved in at LN. If you’re not involved in anything, what do you plan to get involved in? 

While I’m not involved with anything at LN, I am the head cheer coach at LC. 

 

Elizabeth Denson

1. What classes do you teach? 

This year, I’m teaching Biology and Integrated Chemistry and Physics.

2. How was your first week at LN?/ What was your best moment in the last week? 

It’s been really great just getting to know everybody. Everyday I have another great moment. It depends on the day, but it’s mostly the kids.

3. What are you most looking forward to this year? 

Definitely all the relationships and getting to know all the kids. I really want to build relationships and a curiosity for science. Even if science isn’t someone’s cup of tea, I’m hoping that my relationship with them will develop a sense of curiosity.

4. Other than teaching, what are you involved in at LN, and what would you like to get involved in in the future? 

I would be really interested to get involved in the Human Equality Association and the Speech and Debate team.

 

Jacob Aven

1. What classes do you teach?

I’m just teaching Geography, I have 3 honors classes and 3 regular classes.

2. How was your first week at LN?/ What was your best moment in the last week?

It went well. Overall it’s pretty good, these kids are good.

3. What are you most looking forward to this year?

I’m really looking forward to getting a routine down with the class and and eventually once wrestling starts, being the head coach for wrestling.

4. Other than teaching, what are you involved in at LN, and what would you like to get involved in in the future?

Just winning state wrestling titles for LN and you know trying to be the best teacher and coach that I can be.

 

Deonte Singfield

1. What classes do you teach?

I’m teaching US history and government. I’m really passionate about looking at things from the past and to see how we can make decisions in the future.

2. How was your first week at LN?/ What was your best moment in the last week?

I feel like I’ve come back home- it’s been good to have conversations with the students & just being back where I graduated from is really inspiring. I graduated from Lawrence North and I’m feeling my way around again, getting myself used to the norms.

3. What are you most looking forward to this year?

I think I’m most excited to see where my students are now and who they become by the end of the year. I’m teaching a majority of seniors but I have a few juniors so watching them flourish is really exciting for me.

4. Other than teaching, what are you involved in at LN, and what would you like to get involved in in the future?

I coached previously, and so I’m excited to go to loud sporting events along with being apart of the school.

 

Laura Renner

1. What classes do you teach?

I teach Spanish I and Spanish II.

2. How was your first week at LN?/ What was your best moment in the last week?

I guess the most interesting moment was when there was a water main break here. I didn’t know if we would have school or not when your very first day was happening but we did.

3. What are you most looking forward to this year?

Getting to know Lawrence North faculty, students, parents, and everyone from the community. It seems like it’s one gigantic school in many ways because there are so many people that overlap and know each other but I’m getting used to new names and faces and who is who and what is what. I have worked in the township. This will be my 8th school year working in Lawrence Township and I guess knowing things is one thing but being here is totally different and having to know for example who to call if a kid needs to go to the clinic or who runs the bookstore. I know all of that from my other school but I don’t know that about here, but I will just give me a few months.

4. Other than teaching, what are you involved in at LN, and what would you like to get involved in in the future?

I am a golf coach, an assistant golf coach. We are rocking and rolling right now so that has been really fun. Another thing too that I have been a part of is the Lawrence education association but that’s across the whole district, that’s the union for the teachers. I have coached speech and debate before but I know you have a speech and debate coach here who wins awards and is really really good. I would email her last year and ask for help. I have also had a Spanish club before but i don’t know if there is a Spanish club here. I have taken kids to the annual Spanish competition from Lawrence Central. We always place and bring trophies home.

 

Karen Tuttle 

1. What classes do you teach?

I teach algebra and geometry.

2. How was your first week at LN?/ What was your best moment in the last week?

Things went really well. I like meeting the teachers.

3. What are you looking forward to most this year?

[I am looking forward to] getting to know all my students. 

4. Other than teaching what are you involved in at Ln and what would you like to get involved in at Ln?

Well right now I’m just teaching but id like to get involved in coaching girls basketball.

 

David Kelich 

1. What classes do you teach ?

All Algebra 1

2. How was your first week at LN?/ What was your best moment in the last week?

Awesome. [The best moment was] the traffic.

3. What are you looking forward to most this year?

Just to getting to know the students better and coaching two sports 

4. Other than teaching what are you involved in at LN or what would you like to get involved in at LN?

I’m involved in football and wrestling right now, and in the future and in the future maybe more academic stuff.

 

Ryan Seeley

1. What classes do you teach?

Economics and geography

2. How was your first week at LN?/ What was your best moment in the last week?

“The best moment has been all the help I’ve gotten from everyone, all the teachers, staff. Everyone has been really supportive, so it hasn’t been too overwhelming for me.”

3. What are you most looking forward to this year?

Just getting to know all the students and everything, just their likes, dislikes, things like that. Just building relationships with them.

4. Other than teaching, what are you involved in at LN, and what would you like to get involved in in the future?

Right now, no. I’m not involved in anything. But definitely somewhere in the sports department, just get involved somehow with coaching.

 

Katelin Rice

1. What classes do you teach?

English and Creative Writing

2. How was your first week at LN?/ What was your best moment in the last week?

 It was good. It was new getting used to everything being in a new place.

3. What are you most looking forward to this year?

 I get to teach the creative writing elective and I’ve been doing that at Butler in the summer for about seven years , so i have a lot of experience teaching creative writing so I’m really excited for that opportunity .

4. Other than teaching, what are you involved in at LN, and what would you like to get involved in in the future?

 Hoping to start a creative writing club , so that would be my ideal thing to get involved in.

 

Kimberly Lyon

1. What classes do you teach?

English

2. How was your first week at LN?/ What was your best moment in the last week?

My first week at LN was exciting , meeting all new kids and exciting to be back for me because i worked here over the winter , so it felt like coming home. I really enjoy being here.

3. What are you most looking forward to this year?

I’m most looking forward to just getting to know all of my students better and watching them grow. 

4. Other than teaching, what are you involved in at LN, and what would you like to get involved in in the future?

Right now I’m just focused on teaching English, but i do hope to be more involved in the future, and I am looking forward to going to sporting events. 

 

James Iddins

1. What classes do you teach?

So I have four English honors sections for ninth grade, and I have a co-taught basic English nine class, and then one other basic English nine class.

2. How was your first week at LN?/ What was your best moment in the last week?

It was a bit crazy, but I feel like things settled down pretty well. Just meeting everyone and starting to get names down and figuring out who people are, their personalities and stuff.

3. What are you looking forward to most this year? 

Just meeting all of the students. Digging into a lot of honors level stuff, this is my first time really teaching honors, but I really like going more in depth into the novels and stuff like that.

4. Other than teaching, what are you involved in at LN, or what are some things you would like to be involved in at LN?

Since I’m brand new I’m not really involved with anything else yet. Anything down the lines of student newspaper, or anything like that. I’m pretty into audio, and stuff like that, sound production and stuff, so maybe theater or tech stuff at some point.

Gerad Good

1. What classes do you teach?

Health

2. How was your first week at LN?/ What was your best moment in the last week?

I have just enjoyed being in the classroom and with the students. I have loved everything about LN so far.

3. What are you looking forward to most this year? 

Getting to know the students better as the year progresses. I want to just immerse myself in the culture of Lawrence North and go to all the activities.

4. Other than teaching, what are you involved in at LN, or what are some things you would like to be involved in at LN?

Yeah, I’m going to help with the basketball program. I’m sure I want to get more involved, I just want to get to know what all the activities that the school offers and get involved with some of those.

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