SFSD Teachers and Staff Happy to Be Back

It’s a busy time for the SFSD team, but one thing is perfectly clear — teachers and staff are enthusiastic about the new school year and happy to have students back in the buildings. Below, a few share what they are most looking forward to in the new year:

Scotts Mills teachers Karen Steers and Kelly Satern are excited to be team teaching the kindergarten class this year.

Scotts Mills teachers Karen Steers and Kelly Satern are excited to be team teaching the kindergarten class this year.

Scotts Mills kindergarten teachers Karen Steers and Kelly Satern are co-teaching a kindergarten class this year. Steers, a teaching veteran and Satern, who grew up in Silverton and is relatively new to the profession, have known each other since Satern was a child. Steers’ husband was Satern’s coach at one time. The pair are thrilled to be working together and learning from each other. “I’m very excited about working as a team in kindergarten,” Steers said. “I grew up in the district and I feel like things get better and better every year,” added Satern.

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Band teacher Tim Duffy is most excited about seeing more kids in multiple buildings and seeing a broader selection of students. In addition to teaching at Robert Frost, Duffy will now be going to the rural schools and teaching band at Silverton High School as well.

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“I’m excited to see the enthusiasm of all the students as they start their new year,” said Lori Fitch, special education secretary for Silverton High School.

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Butte Creek teaching assistant Dilfuza Johnson, who has been working with the Russian class for six years, is looking forward to working closely with students and parents. “I would like to take the Russian class to the next level,” said Johnson.

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Butte Creek secretary Sheila Zeis is happy to begin her fifteenth year in the district. “I always look forward to seeing the kids again. We also have a lot of new staff members which brings fresh faces and fresh ideas,” Zeis said.

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Silverton High School English teacher and football coach Grant Piros is most excited about new faces, fresh perspectives and the new turf football field. Craig Schofield, who teaches social studies and coaches football and baseball, is excited to take on new responsibilities teaching psychology and U.S. history.

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Victor Point middle school language arts teacher Amy Bishop loves watching students grow and building deeper connections.

Victor Point middle school language arts teacher Amy Bishop loves watching students grow and building deeper connections.

Victor Point language arts instructor Amy Bishop expressed why she enjoys being a teacher. “I just love seeing the kids every year. Seeing how they grow and building deeper relationships and connections.”