2019-2020 Giltner new staff
For the 2019-2020 school year, GHS got the privilege of having three new teachers join Giltner Public School. I asked them questions about themselves to share a little more insight into who they are.
What are you most excited about this school year?
Mrs. Hermann: I am definitely excited to get to know the staff and students better. I am most excited to learn about traditions while introducing some new stuff to the art program. I think the Digital Design class will be very beneficial to many students who are curious about the field. I am also excited to get into some 3D work with all grades. Clay is my favorite medium to work with and to teach. There are so many talented artists that I have met and I cannot wait to see what their future holds.
Ms. Richards: I am most excited to be able to be a part of the Giltner school and community. As well as, getting to know the students and staff!
Mrs. Barnes: There are many aspects of teaching I'm looking forward to! But one of the most exciting parts about teaching is getting to know the students and building relationships. It's also inspiring to see where students start at the beginning of the year and how they grow by the end.
What made you want to start teaching?
Mrs. Hermann: Art is something I have always enjoyed and what better job to have than to give kids the opportunity, space, and materials to create? I choose to teach art because it is so important that people, especially developing minds, exercise the right side of the brain. Creativity, self awareness, imagination, and regulating emotions are just as important as core subjects. It is important to me that my students know art is so much more than painting and drawing.
Ms. Richards: Both of my parents are educators, so I grew up in a home that valued the educational system. I was inspired by the impact my parents had with the youth they were working with. To add, I was able to see first hand the impact just one teacher could make with the students. I knew that I wanted to be able to help youth like they did, so they were one of the biggest reasons I chose to teach.
Mrs. Barnes: My fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Perry, is one of the main reasons why I wanted to become a teacher in the first place. I don't remember most of what I learned in fifth grade, but I'll never forget the way she made me feel. It felt like I was the only person that mattered. Hopefully, I can get to know my students and impact them like she did.
What’s your overall goal as a teacher?
Mrs. Hermann: My overall goal as a teacher is to make my students see the importance of art. Art is such a loaded term and I hate that people think that because they can't draw a realistic face they are not good at art or being creative. I want to show my students the variety and endless possibility art offers. I strive to create a safe space where students are willing to come, experiment, fail, succeed, and try more.
Ms. Richards: My overall goal for teaching is to help prepare students for life after high school. That is why I am so passionate about Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS). FCS allows students to have hands-on experiences that will prepare them for their future.
Mrs. Barnes: My overall goal as a teacher is to not only help my students feel confident in the classroom, but outside of the classroom as well.
Where did you grow up?
Mrs. Hermann: Born and raised in Hastings
Ms. Richards: I grew up in Ashland, Nebraska. A rural town in the middle of Omaha and Lincoln.
Mrs. Barnes: I grew up in the Grand Island/Cairo area and graduated from Centura High School.
Where did you go to college?
Mrs. Hermann: I graduated from Hastings College in May, 2019.
Ms. Richards: I went to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Mrs. Barnes: The University of Nebraska at Kearney! #loperforlife
Is there anything else you would like to say?
Ms. Richards: Go Hornets! :)
Mrs. Barnes: My husband and I are expecting our first child in October!