Interior Design program moves forward with new teachers Current faculty will take over courses

Interior design II student Jennifer Shelley uses Homestyler to create an office space. Students were required to design a room that fit their needs. “The first semester of this year was kinda crazy,” Shelley said. “It was hectic to constantly email Mrs. Sirat back and forth. Even though that was kinda difficult, I am enjoying this new system and our new teacher. Photo Credit: Alyx Beeten

After being on medical leave for the first semester of school, former teacher Alisa Sirat will not be returning for the duration of the school year. 

“We will miss Mrs. Sirat,” Assistant Principal Trish Taylor said. “She has been an integral part of [our] community. For eight years she has been an important part of the team and a friend to many.”

The freshmen will be taught the basics of Interior I by Fashion Design teacher Shannon Sheldon and sophomores in Interior II will be taught how to use the program, Homestyler, by English teacher Ronald Barranco.

“What I like about [Homestyler] is that its entirely web-based,” Barranco said. “Google Sketchup is a little more advanced but it gives you more freedom on making your own objects.”

For juniors in Interior III, they will be learning how to use Google Sketchup from computer teacher Jeffrey Ball and the senior capstone project will be facilitated by Community Partnership Coordinator Rebekah Holloway.

“Although I am thankful for what Mrs. Sirat taught us, I am glad we finally get the opportunity to get a permanent teacher,” junior Sarai Diaz said. “I wish the best for her and hopefully, this is an opportunity for us to gain more knowledge about our program area.”

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