An Hour With . . . New teachersFind out their previous jobs
There are many new teachers on campus. As they get accustomed to the school and their classrooms, find out what they did before they were teachers and why they changed career paths.
After working at Berkshire Hathaway as a commercial real estate agent, math teacher Mr. Bill Tomiyasu made the switch to teaching. While at that job he gained experience in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) classes at the library district in Henderson. "I got tired of real estate," Tomiyasu said. "It's a complex job but it kind of lost its challenge when the market crashed, so I thought I would try something different."
Listening to patients' breathing and adjusting their ventilator settings is second nature for Mrs. Lori Martinelli. As a Respiratory Therapist, she has years of experience treating numerous respiratory problems. "I was a Respiratory Therapist at UCLA," Martinelli, the new Health Science teacher, said. "While I was there I actually worked with and taught interns and new hires. I also was an instructor at LA Valley College."
Making sales and pitching ideas is an old routine for Mrs. Rebekah Holloway. She spent eight years working for Mercedes-Benz doing business and marketing. "I learned a lot about business and I grew professionally," Holloway, World History teacher, said. "I've always wanted to be a teacher, ever since I was a little girl. I love to learn and I think it is cool that, in a way, I get paid to learn."
Sizing up the scale of her model is Ms. Rachel Meadows, art teacher, as she begins a portrait of senior Jaesen Singkum. Previously, she had a number of jobs until she finally decided to become a teacher. "I had a lot of jobs that ranged very differently," Meadows said. "I was a waitress and a substitute at Legacy High school. I've always had a passion for art and I'm really excited that I get to be teaching it now."
Previously a nurse in the military, Mrs. Sara Hartwich knows the difficulties of a dynamic nursing career. She has moved a total of 16 times for her job. "I love teaching nursing to new students," Hartwich said. "I want to give them a baseline to be able to give them a marketable job once they graduate. I also have a passion for nursing and teaching."
After working as the backbone internet programmer for UPS and COX cable, Mr. Wayne Davies made the switch to becoming a teacher. He has gotten his business and industry license, which gives him credits for the work experience that he had. "Most of my family members are teachers in the district and I saw a need for technology teachers here," Davies said. "After some convincing I decided that it was a good move to make and then I became a teacher."