We’ve all heard the old saying, “High school is the best time of your life.” But is it true? The Ville News put that question to some of HHS’ 11 new educators. Their remarks, along with a few tidbits we thought you should know about each educator, appear below.
Norma Lawler, a Spanish teacher, said college, more so than high school, was the best time for her.
“I got to meet people from all different countries. I really found what I wanted to do when I was in college. I was very inspired by my professors who spoke different languages.”
She also told us her favorite thing about HHS so far. “I love how motivated the students are. They really want to learn the language and the culture, and that’s very inspiring to me.”
Lawler has been teaching for 23 years, but she sure looks younger than her age. She said she follows a no-carbonated drinks, no-gum or excessive sugar, and no-meat diet along with working out and staying hydrated. As a vegetarian, she said staying healthy is very important to her.
Assistant Principal Nicole Jimenez said your high school experience is what you make it.
“It’s going to be what you want it to be. You decide for yourself,” Jimenez explained. “If you show up with a good attitude, I can say it definitely won’t be the worst four years! It’s all up to you.”
Jimenez’s positive attitude and quirky personality are apparent. With an upbeat voice, animated hand gestures and a polka dot top, she shared that her office already includes Christmas lights, a button-making machine and homemade salsa from her pepper-and-tomato garden. Oh, and she’s also a self-proclaimed “master parallel parker” and pig enthusiast.
Jessica Hall, a lead educator who observes teachers and gives them feedback and structural support, said she thinks the old saying is true, high school really is the best time of your life.
“I didn’t realize it when I was in high school, but looking back now I can see that it was,” Hall said. “I got to do all the fun stuff without the responsibility. High school is your last chance to just enjoy life without having to take care of other people.”
An HHS graduate, Hall said her graduating class has remained close and still watches out for each other. The biggest difference between HHS now versus when she was a student? Social media. “I can’t believe the speed that news travels now. I didn’t have to always be aware that someone could be recording or taking pictures of me.”
Denise Cable, an interventionist, also said her high school years were the best of her life.
“HHS is really unique,” Cable added. “No other school has the same sense of ownership that I’ve seen here. This is everybody’s school, not just a school everybody goes to. It’s really special.”
Cable was a little nervous about walking into the unknown at HHS. But then something happened.
“You know what came on the radio as I pulled into the parking lot to interview for my job? A Taylor Swift song!”
Swift, of course, is a former HHS student, and the irony eased Cable's nerves a bit.
Story by Bailey Guy and Owen McClister