New teachers at CHHS join the virtual and IRL Heights community
Story by Dani Plasch, Staff Writer
The 2020-2021 school year has been very eventful so far, to say the least. In addition to a pandemic and new models of learning, Columbia Heights High School has also welcomed ten new teachers this school year. Click around below to learn more about them, and if you see them on Zoom or in the hallway, make sure to welcome them!
Ms. Stacy Ebert
Stacy Ebert is a new art teacher at CHHS this year. She attended the University of Wisconsin—River Falls and earned a Bachelor in Sciences in art education and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in glass blowing and art history. So far she says her first year being a teacher has been great and she's very excited to be teaching at Heights. Ms. Ebert's favorite TV show is “White Collar”....
Ms. Julia Henderson
Julia Henderson is the new FACs (Family and Consumer Science) teacher. This is her fifth year teaching after she graduated from George Mason University in Virginia. She says even though we're doing Heights from Home she's loving it and that it's been a privilege to get to know her students. Her favorite show is anything on the Food Network.
Mr. Aaron Brenneman
Aaron Brenneman is one of two new EL teachers this year. He earned his teaching license from Hamline University in St. Paul. Brenneman also has a degree in intercultural studies and is hoping to earn a master’s degree as well. Before CHHS, he taught English in Turkey for six years, then came back to America and has been teaching here since 2016. He says Heights has been wonderful and looks forwar...
Mr. Nicholas Hollermann
Nicholas Hollermann is the new choir teacher this year. He has a degree in choral music education and vocal performance from St. John's University and is currently working on earning a master’s in music education at the University of St. Thomas. He has been teaching for seven years. So far, he is enjoying teaching at CHHS and is excited to be a part of this great community. According to Hollermann, his st...
Ms. Tina Schaefer
Tina Schaefer is one of two new English teachers this year; she graduated from Hamline and has been teaching middle and high school English for fifteen years. She's enjoying the high school but misses teaching face to face and can't wait to get back to the classroom. Her two favorite shows are “Game of Thrones” because of how much she loved the books, and “Schitt’s Creek”. ...
Ms. Carrie Smith
Carrie Smith is the new dance and theater teacher this year. She attended the University of Iowa and graduated from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities. She has been teaching for ten years, three of which have been at public schools. According to Smith, her experience at Heights has been unique so far but she has overall enjoyed getting to know her students and teach class. She said she loves...
Ms. Jacquelene Bayless
Jacquelene Bayless is the other new English teacher to CHHS this year. She got her BA in English from West Texas A&M University. As well as her MA in English, and MEd in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in teaching. She's been teaching for eight years. So far she loves working with her creative and talented students. Her favorite TV show is “The Office”.
Mr. Zach Holman
Zach Holman is the new addition to the math department at CHHS. He graduated from North Dakota State University and has been teaching for three years now. So far, he feels the principal and administration really care about students and teachers and is very happy. His favorite TV show is “Avatar: The Last Airbender” but has lately been watching a lot of cooking shows.
Ms. Jennifer Bradley
Jennifer Bradley is the other new EL teacher. She has a bachelor's degree in family and social science from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities as well as a master’s degree in teaching English as a second language from Hamline, and she has been teaching for nine years. While Bradley is new to the high school, she isn't new to the district. Previously, she worked at North Park Elementary for se...