New Teachers Hope To Hit Positive Note

August 15, 2018 08:44 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- With a new school year just a week away, Wednesday was “new teacher work day” in the St. Ansgar school district.

And some of the new teachers were working to start the year on a positive note.


"It was seventh grade and I made it into honor choir and we sang our first chord in warmups” new St. Ansgar music, band and drama teacher Colin Zidlicky told us. “That’s when I knew this is what I need to do with the rest of my life is music."

With new people, new places, and new procedures, the start of a new school year can be a stressful time. and not just for the students."

“I'm fresh out of college" Marena Henkle explained.

"I've been previously teaching in Mount Ayr, Iowa" Colin Zidlicky added.

“I went to school in St. Ansgar and now I'll be teaching at St. Ansgar" Marena Henkle explained with an unmistakable note of pride in her voice.

"Now, I'll be teaching third through fifth general music and then and then five through twelve bands and then I'm also the drama instructor," Colin Zidlicky told us during a break in new teacher work day.

“There are quite a few teachers who were my teachers and they're still in the same classrooms and their bulletin boards look the same,” Marena Henkle said.

“I really like the smaller school districts we're really able to create that strong relationship with our students" Colin Zidlicky explained.

All St. Ansgar teachers go back to work on Thursday; the new school year begins August 23rd.

“It’s a blessing because I really love this community” Marena Henkle said of returning to her alma mater to teach. “It can be a lot of pressure, too, something new and scary. But the way Iowa teaching is set up you get a lot of experience, so I was able to student teach in a classroom and put myself in that role for a whole semester before coming here."

“The reality is not every kid is going to go out there and do a career that is in music or is music related however it's the skills we are learning through music, so it is the dedication, that teamwork  all of those sorts of skills that you really work at in music" Colin Zidlicky said.

"Music can be part of their lives in so many different ways and I hope they see how it's part of my life," Marena Henkle said with a smile.


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