Incoming teachers anticipate new atmosphere, classes

Abby Bamburg, Entertainment Editor

With many teachers not returning for the Fall semester, Blue Valley will be welcoming 26 new teachers to its’ halls.
New business teacher Ashley Scheuerman said things fell into place when she got the job at BV.
“I have heard nothing but great things about this place,” she said. “Everybody has said ‘You’re going to love it there, you’re going to love it there.’ Being in this district is pretty prestigious, so it’s a fantastic opportunity.”
Scheuerman taught at Washburn Rural High School in Topeka, Kan. for the last three years before getting married this summer.
“My husband teaches here in Kansas City, and I’m from here so I wanted to come back,” she said.
New Spanish teacher Steve Dean taught in California for 17 years before moving to the area.
“My wife and I were looking for a better place to raise our children,” he said.
Dean taught as a substitute at BV last year and held a long-term position at BV Northwest.
Sophomore Erin Schaper said she is excited for all the new teachers this year.
“There will be more teachers for students to build relationships with,” she said.
Dean said he can’t wait to get back in the classroom.
“I very much enjoy my job,” he said. “I love teaching Spanish. I love being in front of the kids. A year of subbing was more like babysitting.”
Schaper said she expects the incoming teachers to add a new twist on things.
“They don’t know the teaching style of the [returning] teachers at our school,” she said. “They will shake things up.”
As long as the students are working hard and doing what they are supposed to be doing, Dean said he is fairly easy-going.
“My classroom is fun,” he said. “I’ve had teachers who visit my classroom say that I walk a fine line between a classroom that is in control and getting the job done and at the same time a very pleasant and fun atmosphere.”
Scheuerman said she hopes to provide a fun classroom environment for students to grow.
“I hope it’s open with communication and excitement,” she said. “I hope that I can pass on my excitement for what I teach to the kids.”