At SAS Peddy teaches physical science, biology, Financial Algebra, and sometimes weights when he can. Peddy chose to teach those subjects because he had a fantastic science teacher who inspired him back in high school. He chose SAS because a good friend recommended it, he has been teaching here for 8 years. His favorite thing about SAS is the relationship with the students and his least favorite thing is that due to the small size of SAS, he no longer can take his annual science trip to Orlando. Peddy’s life out of school is busy with 3 kids, and hanging out with friends. I asked him how he felt about cats, and he said he would like to kick everyone he sees (but he doesn’t). What a shame. To get him going in the morning he likes to listen to loud music and enjoys alternative, rock music, but he likes a variety of everything. He enjoys movies, playing Texas Hold’em poker, mowing the lawn on his lawn tractor and boat rides outside of school. Peddy also spent a month in Australia when he was younger. Peddy has lots of energy and a good vibe, and you would love to have him as a teacher if you don’t already!
Robert is a teacher at SAS. He teaches geometry and robotics. The reason he chooses to teach these subjects is because he liked being a camp counselor and wanted to teach. He also enjoys math. And has a history of being good with it. He didn’t really choose SAS, SAS kind of choose him. He had got into a car accident, and about an hour after Vicki Pucket, the prior principal, called for him to come in for an interview and he hadn’t even applied yet. Robert has taught here since February 2012. His favorite thing about SAS is the class sizes and the students. His least favorite thing is that we don’t have fields. Robert’s life out of school consist of him living in Ballard in an apartment with his wife. They like to go to Mariner games and movies. Things that get him going in the morning before school are coffee and the nice drive from home to work/school. He enjoys taking runs, and has done 5 half marathons. He likes a little bit of every music selection. When he was 19 he drove across the country. Robert is a great teacher and if you’re someone thinking about coming to SAS, hopefully you’ll have him!
Terri has been working at SAS for four years. She, like many other staff members, chose to work at SAS because of the small number of students, which allows more time to work with students individually. SAS is unlike any other school in the district. Terri became very fond of the block classes offered at SAS on Fridays. These allow students to make up assignments and explore new areas of study. She frequently offers English and reading opportunities on Fridays. Terri has a passion for reading and has always known that English and literature was the job for her. Like any teacher, getting to know your students is a valuable opportunity; Terri cherishes the bond she has with students everyday. She enjoys and looks forward to starting the new day, which sets a positive attitude for the rest of the day. Terri is an exceptional teacher that every student wishes to have; however, she is an even more precious friend!
Dawn has been working here at SAS for 6 years, and has loved every minute of it! She loves the relationship she has built with students and staff. A big advantage of SAS is the small class sizes. Dawn says it lets her help her students more. SAS was the first and only school Dawn has worked at, and she knew right away that this was the best school to be at. Ever since Junior high school Dawn knew she wanted to teach. Her favorite part of her teaching day is getting to have fun with her students and watch them learn. SAS has been known to be a very welcoming school. In Dawn’s opinion, it has to do with our small school and unintimidating student body and staff. In her spare time, Dawn loves to travel, be very active, be outside and play games with her friends and family. Dawn is a very valued member of our SAS family. She is a beloved teacher but an even more beloved friend.
Greg Kuehnoel is a very special guy, he has been with SAS for 23 years! He offers on Fridays a diversity of experiences for students to enjoy. He enjoys to go skiing, playing tennis, traveling, reading, eating, cooking, gardening, and good old cow tipping (just joking on that last part). His favorite sport is squash and he loves to mess with words in his lessons so that the observant science students can catch them. Besides teaching science, he also teaches stem class, which is woodshop combined with a technology class. Not to forget, Greg’s favorite part of SAS would have to be the relationship between students and teachers.
INTERVIEW: APRIL SIMON
Q: Why come to SAS?
A: I came to SAS because the program appealed to me, and because I like to help kids in need.
Q: Have you taught before? If so, what schools have you taught at?
A: I have taught in California at Moreno High School and Valley View High School.
Q: What subject do you teach?
A: I teach English and I have taught 7th grade, 9th grade, and 11th grade English and CP.
Q: What schools did you attend to become a teacher?
A: I went to San Diego State and got my bachelor’s degree in English.
Q: Was teaching your first choice in a career?
A: At first I wanted to be an engineer, but then I decided it wasn’t for me and instead I found that I wanted to be a teacher.
Q: What challenges have you encountered in your teaching career?
A: Making sure kids stay on task and turn in their assignments.
Q: Why did you leave California?
A: My husband got a job for Microsoft and we decided it was best for us to move up here to Washington.
Q: Do you like living in Seattle?
A: Besides the rain, we like it up here. Everything is green and it’s really beautiful.
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