Getting to know your teachers
Q & As with Abell, Wahl, DeHaan, and Williams.
March 7, 2017
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Q: Who is your role model?
A: Brad Pigstaff, my High school science teacher.
Q: What about your role model Inspires you?
A: Brad was a good teacher and he walked the walk and talked the talk, he was also a super invested coach which is something I look up to.
Q:When did you decide you wanted to be a teacher?
A: When I asked my PE teacher how much she made and she said that she made the same amount as the rest of the teachers.
Q: Where in your life outside of school do you think you use your skills as a teacher the most?
A: In coaching, and I have no life outside of school and coaching.
Q: Why would anyone want to be a high school teacher?
A: High Schoolers are pretty cool. They’re old enough that you can have a real conversation with them but they’re still not bitter and negative like a person in their 40’s or 60’s. They still have dreams to work towards.
Q: How would you say being at teacher at THS has impacted you in your personal life?
A: It’s the 1st place I’ve worked that everyday or almost everyday that I’m excited to come to work.
Q: Where were you born?
A: I was born in Oregon.
Q: When did you graduate from high school?
A: I graduated in 2008.
Q: Why did you want to become a teacher?
A: When I was in school I had really good teachers and they helped me develop a love for learning and I really enjoy working with youth.
Q: Do you enjoy teaching chemistry at Tigard?
A: Yes it is very fun interacting with students and teaching my favorite subject.
Q: How do you like your first year at Tigard?
A: I like it a lot it’s my dream job being able to teach chemistry and the students and staff members are very welcoming.
Q: Where did you go to college?
A: I went to University of Oregon, it really is a fantastic school and there are a lot of great things to do there.
Q: Why did you want to start teaching?
A: Both of Ms. DeHaan’s parents were teachers and she loved school when she was a kid. She also had teachers that made a positive influence on her and she wanted to do the same for kids. She hopes she has a positive influence on kids now.
Q: When did you first know you wanted to teach?
A: Ever since she was a little.
Q: Where and what was your first teaching job?
A: Ms. DeHaan’s first teaching job was at Tigard as a student teacher and it was for freshman pe.
Q: How many years have you been teaching?
A: 11 years.
Q: What classes have you taught and what grades?
A: She has taught pe 1, body dynamics, girls weights, and lifetime activities and has taught grades nine through twelve.
Q: Did you play any sports in high school? If so, what were they?
A: Ms. DeHaan played soccer, softball, and basketball in high school and basketball was her favorite.
Q: Did you play in college? If so, where?
A: She played basketball for Trinity Western University in Canada.
Q: How long have you been speaking French?
A: 34 years.
Q: Have you always wanted to be a french teacher? Why did you become one?
A: No, I taught french in grad school to help pay, and realized I enjoyed teaching the class more than my studies.
Q: What’s your favorite unit to teach?
A: There’s a French 3 unit on childhood talking, and there are pictures from childhood and it’s so fun.
Q: What do you like to do in your free-time?
A: Dance, read, and travel when not in school.
Q: Are you more of a dog or cat person?
Q: What’s your favorite color?
A: I kind of like them all but I like blue, red, purple, and green.
Q: Do you need coffee in the morning?
A: I NEEEEEEEEED coffee.