West’s new faculty can be found everywhere, from the guidance office to the temps. With interests varying from cycling to soft circuitry, this bunch is bringing their skills and talents into this school year.
Q: What’s a favorite memory you have?
A: “My grandma taught me to play the violin during my childhood. Thinking about my weekly lessons with her gives me a happy, warm feeling.”
Gloria Jones, Attendance Secretary
Q: What is a dream job of yours outside of working in education?
A: “If I got to work wherever I wanted it would be awesome to work in a monkey sanctuary where I’m working with primates.”
Brian Brandsmeier, Special Ed
Q: What is a fact about you students wouldn’t know?
A: “I’m a cyclist. I really like biking... I’ve done RAGBRAI, and I did part of Jingle Cross.”
Carolina Kaufman, iJag Specialist
Q: What is a hidden talent you have?
A: “I can sew electronics and make e-textiles... it’s called soft circuitry.”
Amy Sundermann, Guidance Secretary
Q: What is next on your ‘to watch’ list?
A: “I’m looking forward to the next series of ‘The Crown,’ I like that show. I’m really looking forward to the next series of ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.’ [My daughter] Lucy [Polyak ‘19] and I watch that one together, its great. It’s on Amazon Prime.”
Lisa Goodwin, Financial Secretary
Q: Do you have a hidden talent or something about you students wouldn’t
A: “I was a Scottish Highlander in college and that was at the same time that the first President Bush was elected president. I marched in the inaugural parade in Washington DC and I carried the Iowa flag.”
Ashley Lorsung, Spanish
Q: When did you know you wanted to go into education?
A: “It was my senior year of college, and I was failing out of college. I took a semester off, or dropped out rather,and I went traveling on a road trip through the western United States. And when I was in Portland, Oregon one night, it dawned on me. I started talking about teaching to someone I had met. I got really fired up about it, and...
Hanan Rahmatallah, Math
Q: What was your least favorite class in high school?
A: “Art. I hate to draw. I’m very bad at drawing. I was good at math, science and sports, but art was my least favorite. I was looking at my friends and I could tell how they were drawing flowers and people. But my flowers were sticks and my people were also sticks with circles. They were shapes instead of people.”
Sara Klosterboer, Special Ed
Q: What is your hidden talent?
A: “I occasionally sing with a jazz band called the Sugar Daddies based out of Cedar Falls. I’ve sung pretty regularly with them for about eight years.”
Rocio Merrill, Secretary
Q: What is a rule you broke in high school?
A: “A fashion rule? I plucked my eyebrows too much.”