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Teacher Appreciation Week: It’s Math-a-Magical Class with Mrs. Winters

By Devon Bonelli

Mrs. Winters is TCP’s premier math teacher for Algebra II, Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry, and College Algebra. She is constantly students’ favorite because of her, “smiling and the feeling that she is there to help,” as Amanda Bertsch has said. She absolutely loves teaching, especially Algebra and Trigonometry.

Teaching always influences teachers’ lives, and Mrs. Winters is no exception. She said that it has “allowed me to be with my family, which is always a bonus!” When her kids were younger, her teaching background gave her the freedom to stay home and tutor. “I had a very active tutoring business for a good five years here in the Quad-City Area,” she said. Additionally, she commented that it “keeps me young! It keeps me in touch with this generation of kids, and I really enjoy being around young people.”

“Math is one of those subjects where the content doesn’t change, but I think you need to [put] the cookies on all the shelves,” She explains. “In my math classes, I have students where this is a student’s thing, and I also have students where it’s a struggle, especially upper-level math. I really try to explain things in a multitude of ways.” Continue reading


Teacher Appreciation Week Spotlight: Ms. Schaibly

By Colter Richardson

Today’s Teacher for Teacher Appreciation is Ms. Schaibly. This is her first year teaching at TCP, yet she is teaching a multitude of different classes, including Freshman English, Publications, Mock Trial, and Culinary Club.

When asked how it is teaching at TCP, she responded by saying, “It is wonderful, and easier than I thought it would be. I only had two mental breakdowns through the year.”

Next when asked what the most difficult part of teaching here, she said, “There are different expectations for each student so I have to include different content to make sure people understand.”

She then stated, “The best part of teaching here is the ability of the students and how motivated they are to learn.”

Lastly I asked how the publications class is, and she said, “Publications is a class I created as we went, and based it on the students. Is has been a significant, but positive, change than Freshman English. ”

A student who is taking all of Ms. Schaibly’s classes stated, “I think she is an amazing teacher. Her teaching strategies are unique and inventive, always keeping the students engaged.”

Dr. Lynn Oden: A Physicist to be Recognized

By Taylor Whittemore

Dr. Oden has been teaching at Tri-City Prep for the past eight years, and we would like to take a moment to appreciate all he has done from the school by getting to know him better.

Lynn Oden was born and raised in Anaheim. In high school, he played football and tennis. He was also an avid hiker; this is reflected in the fact that he has hiked to the top of Mount Whitney, the highest mountain in the contiguous US, multiple times. He attended Occidental College in Los Angeles.

He has been married to his wife Gail for forty-seven years, and they have two sons – Lance, a teacher in Texas, and Leif, a nurse in Seattle. They lived together in Taiwan for four years, which Dr. Oden said was great for their family. In 2005, they moved from Texas to Arizona. They also have a goddaughter named Silvana who used to be a foster child from Brazil. She is currently living in Texas.

Some students may not know that Dr. Oden worked with NASA as a navigator, tracking space shuttles by using radar data to calculate the shuttle’s position and velocity. In fact, Dr. Odin was in Mission Control when the Challenger blew up, and he had to remain in the room during the first stages of investigation into the cause of the accident. Continue reading

Denobis Staff

Instructor: Ms. Kristen Schaibly

Editor in Chief: Taylor Whittemore

Features Editor: Kelcie Kruse

This year Denobis had the unique ablitiy to be a yearlong class. With more staff and a teacher to show students the techniques of writing, the paper is able to do more, and give the students a better news experience!

This years Students:

Amanda Berstch

Devon Bonelli

Elizabeth Bowen

Kaylee Combs

Alexandre DuBroy

Hannah Kendall

Sidney Mattila

Mishela Moore

Phoebe Payne

Colter Richardson

Virginia Riley

Chris Trefts

Marcus Weizinger