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Nguyen’s childhood influences him now

Nguyen’s childhood influences him now

Lizzy Doctorov, Staff Writer

April 1, 2014

Nguyen continues to smile despite facing difficult obstacles in his past. Hai Nguyen was born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and later spent time in a refugee camp. He moved to America in 1980 at the age of six with seven older siblings and without any knowledge of English. Although he faced many dif...

Choir success due to Tep

Choir success due to Tep

Becca Fradkin, Scot Scoop Multimedia Editor/Social Media Team

March 19, 2014

Genevieve Tep has redefined standards, encouraged hundreds of students and created the well known Carlmont Choirs. In 2003, Tepp, known to her students as “Sagi”, became the teacher of three choral classes. Since then, student enrollment has quadrupled and choir classes have expanded. A previously 5...

Teaching runs in Robeck’s family

Teaching runs in Robeck’s family

Lizzy Doctorov, Staff Writer

March 18, 2014

For Laura Robeck, teaching and family are tightly intertwined. Robeck made the decision to be a teacher at a young age because of the influence of her family. Many women in her family became teachers and the idea stuck with her. She considered entering other fields briefly, especially during high schoo...

Smart steps up

Smart steps up

Sarah Schisla, Scot Scoop Editor-in-Chief

March 13, 2014

High school students are accustomed to having the occasional substitute teacher, but sometimes a teacher's extended absence calls for an unusual solution. This is especially true for Carlmont's music program, where there would be complications with hiring a long-term substitute teacher. Sophomore...

School mascot & history teacher — Jarrod Harrison is both

School mascot & history teacher — Jarrod Harrison is both

Zoe Wildman, Highlander Editor

March 12, 2014

Jarrod Harrison is a charismatic teacher of AP United States History, United States History, International Relations/AP Comparative Government, and former supervisor for the yearbook at Carlmont High School. Harrison said, “A year after I graduated from graduate school, I took a year off and at Chri...

Katya Burton loves to spread the joy of language

Katya Burton loves to spread the joy of language

Zoe Wildman, Highlander Editor

February 27, 2014

“Learning a language is so much fun, and teaching it is really fun as well,” said Katya Burton, a French teacher at Carlmont High School, who is in her 21st year of teaching at the school. Although she studied French in high school, it was not until she reached college that she decided to study...

Tsuchiyama enjoys teaching and gaming

Tsuchiyama enjoys teaching and gaming

Lizzy Doctorov, Staff Writer

February 19, 2014

Call of Duty, Far Cry 3, The Last of Us, and God of War are only some of the video games that Robert Tsuchiyama enjoys playing in his down time. Tsuchiyama’s career as a math teacher is the result of his desire to assist his classmate and friends in college. Tsuchiyama said, “In college, I spent m...

Chemistry teacher pursues passions in and out of the classroom

Chemistry teacher pursues passions in and out of the classroom

Becca Fradkin, Scot Scoop Multimedia Editor/Social Media Team

February 18, 2014

Joshua Engberg spends time in H20 and Na, but not while teaching Chemistry in the classroom. Engberg grew up in the Santa Cruz county with a love for surfing. Engberg said, “In high school we had a surfing club that would compete in about four contests with other schools around the state.” After...

Mihal Nozik decodes the language of science

Mihal Nozik decodes the language of science

February 12, 2014

Mihal Nozik is a multilingual chemistry and biology teacher at Carlmont High School. “I think that when I was growing up, in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted to be a teacher,” said Nozik. Nozik was born in the United States, however at a young age she moved to Israel, and then Belgium when she was 12, where she attended middle school and high school. After high scho...

Rebecca Pearlman has taught it coast to coast

Rebecca Pearlman has taught it coast to coast

Becca Fradkin, Scot Scoop Multimedia Editor/Social Media Team

February 5, 2014

While walking down the E-hall wing, one can hear the passionate voice of math teacher, Rebecca Pearlman, compelling her students to be "contenders" and set their best foot forward. Pearlman’s professional journey has made her into the dedicated and enthusiastic teacher she is today. Pearlman start...

Cyriakos Nichols takes a zen approach to history

Cyriakos Nichols takes a zen approach to history

Zoe Wildman, Highlander Editor

January 29, 2014

Students may recognize Cyriakos Nichols by the green golf club he frequently swings around in E hall of Carlmont High School. He displays a similar quirkiness in his classroom where, according to history teacher Jayson Waller, he “combines historical knowledge with zen buddhism better than anyone I...

Peruvian teacher revealed as an author

Peruvian teacher revealed as an author

Becca Fradkin, Scot Scoop Multimedia Editor/Social Media Team

January 22, 2014

Dedicated, passionate, and kindhearted are just a few words that describe Carlmont’s Spanish and science teacher, Rosa Argaluza. Argaluza was born in Lima, Peru, and recalls a wonderful childhood full of memories with family and friends. She said, “My father’s house was right on the beach and it...

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