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Spotlight on Bella Ballard: A Year in Latacuga, Ecuador

By Mariecia Miller

Last year, one of TCP’s students, Bella Ballard, a senior, was chosen to be a student ambassador for the United States. On August 20th, 2011, Ballard went to live in Latacuga, Ecuador for a year.

“My reason for going was because I wanted to see how different countries work and the benefits and disadvantages of being an American,” Ballard said.

She said that Ecuador varied from the US on many levels.

“They are very family orientated and school is different,” said Ballard. “They’re not as lazy, and they eat a lot healthier and don’t eat fast food.” She added, “The food was always the same – always rice and potatoes and soup. It was really boring, and I think it made [people] fat. The clothing looked the same as here except they were all knock-off brands. The natives clothing was different though. They had their typical dress, skirt, hat thing.”

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Spotlight on Mr. Furlow

By Mariecia Miller

Name: Mr. Dan Furlow
Subject: English
Hobbies: mountain biking, hiking, scuba diving, traveling, reading

Q: What is your favorite thing about TCP so far?
A: The students are Tri-city’s best asset. They are friendly, energetic, and interested in learning. They make teaching fun.
 
Q: How does TCP differ from other schools at which you have taught?
A: The administration is helpful, and there is a supportive, collegiate atmosphere among the faculty.
 
Q: What are some of your past teaching experiences?
A: I taught high school English in New Mexico, including AP English and dual-enrollment English classes. Last year I taught at Harrisburg area community college in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
 
Q: what is your favorite thing about teaching?
A: Two things: my subject, English, and the students
 
Q: How many years have you been teaching?
A: Twenty.
 
Q: What did you do over the summer?
A: My wife and I traveled to Stavanger, Norway, where our youngest son works for an oil company.

Spotlight on Mr. Kaplan

By Mariecia Miller

Name: Mr. Ezra Kaplan
Subject: Science
Hobbies: scuba diving, exercising, and music

Q: What is your favorite thing about Tri-City Prep so far?
A: It’s a small community and everyone knows each other and is always ready to help.

Q: How many years have you been teaching?
A: This is my first year of teaching.

Q: What do you hope to experience as a teacher?
A: I’m excited to learn how to be a teacher, and I love learning from the students.

Q: What is your favorite thing about teaching?
A: When the students have the “Oh, I get it!” moment.

Q: What did you do over the summer?
A: I traveled to the Mid-east.

Spotlight on Mr. Marman

By Mariecia Miller

Name: Mr. Edward Marman
Subject: Counselor
Hometown: Sitka, Alaska
Hobbies: mountain biking, hiking, music, traveling, and staying active

Q: What is your favorite thing about Tri-City Prep so far?
A: Coming from a large high school, I love the size of TCP and the ability to really get to know the students. All of my interactions with students so far have been positive and respectful.

Q: How does TCP differ from other schools you have taught at?
A: The dramatic difference in size.

Q: What are some of your past teaching experiences?
A: I spent twenty-four years in education in Alaska: twelve years as a high school mathematics teacher and twelve years as a counselor.

Q: What is your favorite thing about teaching?
A: The give and take of the classroom; it should be fun. Learning and teaching doesn’t have to be boring. Having a sense of humor is vital to help keep things moving.

Q: What did you do over the summer?
A: [I] moved to Prescott from Alaska. It’s a long amazing journey. [I also] worked on our house and did as much mountain biking and hiking as I could.

Spotlight on Ms. Mezeske

By Mariecia Miller and Natalie Krafft

Name: Ms. Kathy Mezeske
Subject: Mathematics
Hometown: Altadena, California
Hobbies: Zumba, line dancing, hiking, and anything outside

Q: When and where were you born?
A: I was born in Altadena, California, which is in the Los Angeles area, [and lived there] till I was about twenty-four.

Q: [Do you have] any nicknames?
A: My dad used to call me Cassie. Katy Bug was another one and because my maiden name was Seeds, people played around with that.

Q: [Do you have any] pet peeves?
A: Snapping gum, because my sister used to do it on purpose to annoy me when I was younger.

Q: What is your favorite movie or TV show?
A: I don’t really have one, but if I was to choose, it would be Columbo, but that was a long time ago.

Q: If someone were to play you in the movie of your life, who would you want it to be?
A:  Sandra Bullock.

Q: What was the most interesting thing you did over the summer?
A: I went to Oregon and stayed on the coast with my daughter for a few days, and then I went to Tucson and spent a couple days with my son.

Q: What’s your craziest teaching experience?
A: When I was working at Upward Bound a bird flew in the room and it took a while to get it out. That’s about it, except for falling flat on my face which was pretty funny.

Q: What’s your favorite meal or food?
A: Thai food, and [I] learned to love sushi from my son and daughter who love it as well.

Q: What is your favorite genre of music?
A: I love all music but rock n’ roll is my favorite.

Q: Describe yourself in one word.
A: Optimistic.

Q: What would you be for Halloween if you were a teenager and why?
A: Morticia from the Addams family because she was cruel, composed, collected, but weird at times.

Q: What is your favorite sport to watch/play?
A: I love watching basketball and I used to like playing tennis and volleyball.

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