With a new school year comes many changes. A few of these changes were the the arrival of new students and new teachers. There were three foreign exchange students who came to America in August and started classes in September. Junior Ana Lopez-Gil came from Spain and is living with the Kovach family, along with fellow exchange senior Michal Cimerman, who came from Slovokia. Junior Charlotte Spitzner came from Germany and is living with the Swonger family.
“It is very different here in the United States, but I have enjoyed it so far and I like Skyline because everyone is friendly,” Lopez-Gil said.
There were also changes to four of the teaching positions. Pam Lucas was hired to take over the science classes. Lucas had previous science experience, due to the fact that she was involved in the science program at Tulsa Community College.
“I am from the Pratt area and wanted to move home and be closer to my parents, and also wanted to get into teaching,” Lucas said.
Cheri Haskett replaced the duties for recently retired FACS teacher Pat Brant.
“I like having Mrs. Haskett as a teacher because she puts her students first and has a good sense of humor, “ senior Trent Adams said.
After the departure of former shop teacher Sebastian Huelskamp, the school decided to eliminate the shop classes, and a new agriculture program was added to replace it. Michelle Keener was hired to teach the ag classes.
Another addition to the staff was Chris Sanders, who is the new teacher of both World Geography and World Issues. Although new to teaching, Sanders is no stranger to the Skyline environment. He was the assistant coach of the girls’ basketball team last year and also graduated from Skyline in 2008.