Crestview High’s newest educators bring enthusiasm to teaching

Published: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 10:29 AM.

 Hokans realizes some students take her classes because they have to, but she said, “My goal is just to get them to think about math in a different way. A lot of them come in here and decide they already hate math. I want to get them to get a little excited about math.”

First-time teacher Sue Sorenson takes the same approach to teaching physics. The former Air Force electrical engineer has embarked on her new career.

“I kind of segued into teaching,” Sorenson said. “I really enjoy teaching. I enjoy physics and I enjoy teaching it and helping breed that next generation of scientists and engineers that we need so desperately.”

Wednesday was reading day in Jessica Rodriguez’s world history class. She had a broader motive than simply teaching a key period in history by having each student read segments from the lesson.

“I’m teaching history, but at the same time, I’m teaching them to write and to read,” Rodriquez said. “I’m teaching them skills they’ll use the rest of their life.”

Rodriguez, like Phillips, finds ways to make centuries-old events engaging and relevant. Sure, knights clanging around in armor are interesting. However, there’s a dark side to knighthood.

“We were talking about the worst jobs in history,” Rodriguez said. “Being a page to a knight was awful. After the knight spent all day in the armor, somebody had to clean out all the (human waste). It was the page. The kids are going to remember that.”

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