School is Open
 
Mobile LogoLink to home page

SJSHS Faculty Directory

Name
Bell, CynthiaBell, Cynthia
Teacher
260-563-8050
Why do I teach? I teach because it is so exciting to see a student grasp a difficult concept. I know that by helping them reach that goal, they can apply those same skills to other endeavors in life. It isn't just math, science, and reading that teachers teach, we teach students to handle life and things they will face in the future. 
Boyer, JordanBoyer, Jordan
Teacher
260-563-8050
To guide and mentor students using relationships built in the classroom.
Cole, RodneyCole, Rodney
Teacher
260-563-8050
Make our students better thinkers and problem solvers
Dale, GaryDale, Gary
Teacher
260-563-8050
To see the change in the seventh grade students when they graduate. To have seniors get accepted into nationally ranked college programs of study. 
Eagan, BethEagan, Beth
Teacher
260-563-8050

Growing up I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher; knowing what area of teaching I wanted to pursue was a question I needed to find the answer to.  My great-aunt grew up in a time when students with any type of developmental disabilities did not attend school, so therefore she did not attend school.  When I was a teenager, and she was an adult, I knew that given the chance she did have the ability to learn.  She blossomed when she was around family who cared about her, and gave her responsibilities to learn from.  As I entered college, I knew that as a teacher I wanted to work with special needs students who could gain knowledge and learn to their greatest potential.  As I pursued my Bachelor's Degree, taking classes and working in schools as part of those classes, I knew that I had made the right decision.  Being a Special Education Teacher was definitely what I wanted to do.  For 40+ years now, I have done just that.  I am very proud when a student conquers a subject matter, skill, project that they previously struggled with.  Some of my proudest moments have been on graduation night, watching them cross the stage. 

Farlow, TammyFarlow, Tammy
Teacher
260-563-8050
I teach because I enjoy students' sense of accomplishment and excitement for life. At the same time I learn along with students and have an outlet for creativity. 
Faust, ShellyFaust, Shelly
Teacher
260-563-8050
Gerig, RhodaGerig, Rhoda
Teacher
260-563-8050
Anytime a student makes the next steps in building their skills it is a good day but when a student goes beyond the technical skills of a work of art and finds a way to make it an expression of themselves that is what really reminds me why I do this job. 
Gohmann, CathyGohmann, Cathy
Teacher
260-563-8050

When we were given the task to write about why I went into teaching, I felt that my most obvious reason was too practical to be worth anyone’s time.  It’s the same reason that I don’t feel any push to put my thoughts out on social media like Twitter.  I knew by my sophomore year in high school that I wanted to become a teacher, but like any other fifteen- year-old, I was not totally committed to it. However, the two jobs for females in the late seventies were still teaching and nursing. Teaching seemed like the better fit.

I have never regretted my decision to be a teacher and I feel now that I was called to the profession. I have come to realize that teaching is like skimming stones over a pond. The ripples created from those points of contact with the water spread out and affect more and more of the surface of the pond.  Just as the moments with my students ripple out to affect other people, our community, and places that those students travel and make their own homes.  That is how teachers change the world: one moment, one lesson, one contact at a time.

Gutzwiller, SandraGutzwiller, Sandra
Teacher
260-563-8050
I teach because I had great teachers when I was younger that encouraged me to learn new things. As an 8th grader, I knew that I wanted to follow the paths of my favorite teachers and teach. I chose to teach Spanish because I love the language and the culture. It is fun to share the language and the culture with my students everyday. Many doors are opened for my students as a result of knowing another language.
Hammel, CaryHammel, Cary
Teacher
260-563-8050
My joy is building relationships with students in the classroom and athletes in their sports. Then challenging them to improve and succeed!
Hickman, ChristopherHickman, Christopher
Teacher
260-563-8050
Johnson, KariJohnson, Kari
Teacher
260-563-8050
To help students become the best versions of themselves so that they can positively influence the world around them.
Keefer, SusanKeefer, Susan
Teacher
260-563-8050
I retired from teaching because I was tired of the long days and often busy weekends. I found out that I missed working with students and being in the educational environment. I returned to teaching when I felt I could still make a difference in student's lives and was lucky to be invited to teach part-time. I've always enjoyed teaching students to sing and sharing wonderful experiences with them as we performed in many different places for many special occasions. Not every student came into music class or choir because they 'wanted' to, but most finished the year feeling better about their musical skills or just feeling like they had been a part of something special. Music is a place where everyone can 'belong' and express themselves through song.

I remember the early years of teaching, when I thought some students were 'tone deaf' and couldn't sing. One boy 'proved to me' that I could teach him to sing, if he wanted to learn badly enough.... and he did! He was very good in sports, but struggled to match pitch with the other guys. We worked hard before and after school, trying the usual ways and experimented with new ways that often didn't help. But one day, he suddenly could hear that he was matching some pitches; after that, there was no stopping him from 'catching up' and singing out with confidence in choir and/or smaller groups, concerts or contests. He could sing correctly and sang well with all of his buddies. It's a wonderful feeling to have had many students like him, find success in my class. 

When I first retired, a former student messaged me to tell me that he was grateful for one of the lessons I taught in general music that inspired him to become a music conductor. He now conducts "Orchestra Kentucky', which he founded 20 years ago. The Bowling Green community built a performing arts center for his professional group to be featured and it hosts series of concerts similar to Honeywell Center. He has made many friends, including popular musicians, such as Neil Sedaka and Peter Tork. I had no idea that teaching conducting patterns might inspire a student to that kind of greatness. It's very humbling and gratifying to know how important we are to others' successes, happiness, and helping them find their way in life.
Loschiavo, AngelaLoschiavo, Angela
Teacher
260-563-8050

I want to help kids to grow.  I want to help them grasp who we are as a people and think about who we could be.  My goal is for my students become empathetic, compassionate, successful citizens of the world. 

Markstahler, ReenaMarkstahler, Reena
Teacher
260-563-8050

I am a teacher because I want to be a positive influence on kids.  I want to be one adult my students can feel safe to share their story.  I want to build strong relationships with students who will eventually leave the halls of SHS and they know that I cared for their success & empathized their struggles.  And along the way, I teach students through Biology, a content that that I have a passion for.

McClure, KatyMcClure, Katy
Teacher
260-563-8050
To provide truth and grace to those put in my path so that they know they are worthy and loved.
McGouldrick, AmyMcGouldrick, Amy
Teacher
260-563-8050
Why am I excited and thankful to be teaching? One reason is because this profession is honorable and challenging. My goal is to be a positive influence in the lives of my students. I want to teach them there is truth and hope amidst a world full of negative influences. I have a passion for the courses I teach because of the real life application and skills we address.
Mobley, MakaylaMobley, Makayla
Teacher
260-563-8050

To quote the Ag eductor's creed, "I  believe in American agriculture; I dedicate my life to its development and the advancement of its people." I am so passionate in agriculture that I decided to teach it and I never would have discovered that if was not for a high school teacher who encouraged me to find a passion. I want to encourage students to find something they truly enjoy to do.

Pace, CarlPace, Carl
Teacher
260-563-8050
Snyder, DanielSnyder, Daniel
Teacher
260-563-8050
I enjoy the growth I see in young people and get motivation in building relationships with them!
Sparks, JamesSparks, James
Teacher
260-563-8050
I love being in the classroom. I loved it when I was a student at Southwood, and I considered it an honor to be invited back as a teacher in the fall of 2002. I loved my history teacher Mr. (Larry) Landis. I thought he did a great job of making class interesting long before computers and the internet dominated schools. I try to emulate him in that I try to make US History exciting and engaging. One of the ways I try to do this is by incorporating as much local history as I can into the lessons. Sometimes I add people, sometimes businesses, and sometimes locations into our lectures. To see a picture of the “cut” (highway 15 heading south from the bridge) as it was being cut and asking the students if they know what it is or where, surprises them to find out what they’re looking at (the picture barely looks wide enough for 2 modern cars). I want to make a positive impact in the lives of my students. I want them to know that they have value and they can also make a positive difference in the world they live in. And while we at it, learn a little history in the process.
Sparling, MichelleSparling, Michelle
Teacher
260-563-8050
Springer, JeffreySpringer, Jeffrey
Teacher
260-563-8050
I once witnessed a monarch butterfly emerging from its chrysalis. As it emerged from the shell, its wings unfolded and stretched out to dry or strengthen. During this time, the insect is most vulnerable.

In grades 7-12, students undergo a similar transformation from children to adults. They too are very vulnerable during the change. I am grateful and humbled to get to be an active witness to and a guide in this metamorphosis. I get to laugh with them and cry with them. Sometimes I’m proud of them and sometimes I’m frustrated with them. I worry about them, comfort them, support them, and sometimes lose sleep over them. And in the end, most turn out pretty good.

It continues to be my privilege to play a role in thousands of these journeys. I wouldn’t trade it for anything else in the world.
Stetter, GregoryStetter, Gregory
Teacher
260-563-8050
Varner, KarlanVarner, Karlan
Teacher
260-563-8050
I teach because I want to provide a place where my students feel welcomed, encouraged, and supported every day. I teach to help my students become problem-solvers, thinkers, and hard-workers with the hope that they will take these skills and use them beyond my classroom.
White, SabrinaWhite, Sabrina
Teacher
260-563-8050
I have a love of the English language, a passion for literature, and am driven to write. It has long been my dream to share this with others. It is my hope that some of my passion for the subject matter will rub off on my students and create in them a sense of awe for the written word. Being a patient person enables me to create a positive environment for my students. My desire is for every one of my students to feel capable of growth, safe, and commended for their efforts.
Willmert, StephanieWillmert, Stephanie
Special Education Teacher
260-563-8050
My "why" is to be a support for kids who need one. I'm required to do the paperwork, write goals, check grades, etc., but the reason I do this job is to be someone they can rely on. I want them to know I'm here for them if they need to talk, if they need to vent, if they need advice, help with homework, or just need a pencil. I want to be their constant and safe place throughout their junior high/high school years. I want them to know that they have someone who cares about them as people, who sees them for them and not just as the kid who gets in trouble or the kid who doesn't turn in his/her homework. They are, first and foremost, people who need someone to care, understand, and work hard for their emotional and educational needs.
Wright, TylerWright, Tyler
Teacher
250-563-8050
To create an environment where students feel safe and empowered to grow both academically and personally. I want to help students understand their worth and value not only at Southwood, but in the world as well. 

Access

  • Skyward Logo Skyward
    Parent/Student Portal
  • MSDWC Logo Staff
    Web Site Login