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Fresh faces

A wave of new teachers starts the 2023-2024 school year
Nathan Delaney
In Home Maintenance, STS teacher Anothony Anderson teaches senior Bobby Joseph how to hook up the wires for an outlet. Anderson had a great experience taking shop class in high school, such a great experience he decided he wanted to do it as a career. “My high school shop teacher was really influential,” Anderson said. “I had a really good connection with him starting my freshman year. I had such a great experience with him, the more I thought about things in high school I was really good at working with my hands and helping other students in class.”

When the bell rings on the first day of school there is a wave of new teachers that will be teaching here for the first time. Some of these teachers are coming into Millard West with a decade of experience and some of them are brand new to teaching.

From STS to English and science to world language, 14 new teachers can be found in classrooms and hallways in every corner of the building. Their goal is to help students grow and learn.

“I wanted to become a teacher because there is nothing better than talking about books and trying to get people engaged with reading again,” English teacher Macaulay Montague-Loeffler said. “There’s nothing better than helping people find books they actually enjoy and want to read. I wanted to come to MW because I taught at Beadle for four years and as my former students and athletes started feeding into here and really excelling it felt like the right next step. Plus, I always wanted to teach high school.”

Each teacher has different reasons for wanting to become a teacher. STS teacher Anothony Anderson became a teacher because his high school teacher was so influential on him and made him want to pursue teaching. He has had eight years of teaching experience, all of them at Omaha Bryan High School.

“My teaching philosophy is I try to build relationships with my students,” Anderson said. “I’m a big relationships teacher. I like to get to know students and figure out what sports they play, what clubs they do, what activities they’re a part of, what they like to do outside of school. I feel like if you can really make a strong connection with a kid, that it just makes teaching them that much easier so relationships are a big thing for me.”

The new teachers believe every student has a chance to grow and succeed. English teacher Abby Karloff knew she wanted to become a teacher in the second grade because of her love for learning. After graduating from Millard West she is back in the building as a teacher.

“I took a class in college, called intro to literature class and fell in love with it,” Karloff said. “I realized that I liked to teach the bigger books and higher level thinking and I also found out that I just really like the age, I like working with teenagers, they’re super fun. Working with students brings a smile to my face every day. They are so fun to be around and I love the energy  and I love getting to approach each day as something new.”

All the teachers are excited and ambitious about teaching. They are learning the new curriculum, the new schedule and the new building.

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Nathan Delaney, Staff Reporter
Nathan is a senior at Millard West and this is his second year on the CATalyst staff. He is taking Advanced Journalism, Broadcast Journalism and Yearbook this year. This summer he went to multiple journalism camps and went on a family vacation to Alaska. He also worked with the President of the Nebraska Broadcasters Association, Jim Timm, on the High School Radio Project. He is looking forward to expanding to new parts of journalism and furthering his skills this year.

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