New faces at Whitehorse High School and Montezuma Creek Elementary
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by Leo Platero

Teachers and principals come and go and some teachers seem to stay forever at a school. Some find new jobs, others find out that their funding are exhausted and some retire.

There are six new faces way down south at Whitehorse High School and Montezuma Creek Elementary. Marne Connell was hired in the Special Education Department replacing David Pugh.

Pugh went up to San Juan High School and Mary Gudgel moved to Eastland and is building a house.

Joann Posey was hired in Salt Lake City and her position is still open.

James Lewis is hired as the Social Study teacher. He came from Navajo Mountain to replace Marvin Johnson, who retired after 30 years.

Johnson has been hired as the football coach at Rock Point, AZ. “We are going to beat Whitehorse,” were his parting words.

Deann Forbes came from Montezuma Creek Library and took the position of Librarian Gerry Nielson. He was hired by Rough Rock High School in Rough Rock, AZ.

His wife Janice was also hired as the “pernament substitute,” and will teach English until an English Teacher is hired.

Lisa Moore from Blanding replaces Ed Snow, who left for Kentucky, where his wife was hired.

First year teacher Olivia Lansing is the new science teacher, replacing David Black.

Three new teacher aides include Cheryl Baldwin, Ella Redhouse (who used to be the high school libriarian aide and will be in special education) and Leila Black of Bluff, who was also hired to work with Special Ed.

New classes at Whitehorse will be zoology and Driver Education, which will be taught on the ED-Net by Jim Dandy Jr.

New coaches for Boys and Girls Cross-Country is James Lewis replacing Marietta Hatathle Scott.

The Junior High Volleyball coach is Toni Lewis (wife of James Lewis) who is replacing Juanita Becenti. Becenti moved up to coach varsity volleyball assisted by Cliff Tohsonii.

John LaBounty left for Missouri after his program ran out of funding.

Lucille Slim still works with the parents as the Liasion.

Gail Lee has been the finanical secretary at Whitehorse for ten years and Sylvia Mitchell, a Whitehorse alumni, has been there 18 years.

Principal John Fahey and Vice-Principal Brian Dixon start their second year.

One move by the San Juan School District is a classifed teacher aide can coach a varsity sport if his or her child is on the team. So most coaching jobs are being filled by classroom teachers.

Whitehorse is planning an “Opening Social” on Tuesday, August 14. Activities include beading by Bessie Roberts and silversmith demonstration by Eugene Livingston, followed by a huge dinner.

Over at Montezuma Creek Elementary, one new teacher is hired. First year teacher Jenny Whalely Atcitty will teach second grade. She replaces Karen Toledo, who moved to Ogden, Utah. Evelyn Billie who used to teach Physical Education, will now be in the library.

Will Rogers said, “It’s not what you don’t know that makes you ignorant, it’s what you think you know that ain’t so.”

As we go back to school we already know that children come with needs. It is one of the teacher’s job to meet them. Students come to school with problems. It is the teacher’s job to solve them.

Teachers spend too much time worrying about and lamenting children’s needs. It is easy to find someone to blame for the problems that students bring to class, such as:

• If Johnny only came from a better home, teaching him would be so much easier.

• If Mary would get to sleep earlier, she’d be a better student.

• If Rachel’s sister would treat her better, they would both be better off.

The bottom line is nobody ever got better just knowing what was wrong.

Teaching is an action-oriented profession. Time spent identifying and bemoaning causes of problems is time spent not teaching.

No class will be perfect. The best advice I ever gave anybody was this: Take the class as they are, accept everybody in it, but expect them to change.

– Thoughts by Bob Algozzine
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