ORVA Spotlight

Please enjoy the following ORVA Student/Teacher Spotlights!


Our very first Student Spotlight! Meet Sebastian Bowler!

MW: How did you get started?

Sebastian: I started skiing when I was 2 and got into jumps and rails at about 6 which led me to start learning the basic tricks and I didn’t start to compete until I was 9 at my local mountain and from then on my competitive skiing career started.

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Sebastian: I have been competing for the last 5 ski seasons.

MW: What do you do to prepare to perform/compete?

Sebastian: When I am preparing for a competition I will get a good nights rest as well as a good meal to fuel me in the morning

MW: How do you balance school with training and performing/competing?

Sebastian: I train 5 days a week with my local ski team and how I balance school with traveling and skiing is by putting most of my workload on me on Monday and Tuesday so I have time on the other days to ski

MW: What was your favorite moment of this year’s competition?

Sebastian: My favorite moment was making it to slope-style (series of jumps and rails in one course) final and coming home with 5th place at USASA National Championships in Colorado.

MW: What drives you to perform/compete?

Sebastian: The things that drive me to compete is how much fun I have when I skiing and competing

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Sebastian: I have been competing for 5 years.

MW: How many competitions have you competed in?

Sebastian: I have competed in roughly 85 competitions in that last 5 years

MW: Do you have any other talents?

Sebastian: Not really I focus a lot of my time on skiing.

MW: When you aren’t competing or training, what do you enjoy doing?

Sebastian: I enjoy skateboarding and cliff jumping when I am not training or competing.

Thank you, Sebastian, for being awesome! 🙂 Good Luck on your next competition!

Check out Sebastian’s snowboarding here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTnWNPbAKEg


Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Carly Lueck

By: Sierra

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MW: Why did you become a teacher?

Mrs. Lueck:  Pretty typical reason for most teachers.  I care about young people.  I love watching as students overcome obstacles to learn and achieve.

MW: Did you always want to be a teacher? 

Mrs. Lueck:  No, I wanted to be a flight attendant when I was in Middle School.

MW: What was your favorite teaching moment?

Mrs. Lueck: Last year, when I celebrated with one student who worked exceptionally hard to bring failing grades up to Bs and Cs.

MW: Which of your teachers was the most influential in your life? 

Mrs. Lueck: SO MANY.  My middle school English teacher always found silly ways to teach us through songs, rhymes, etc.  Seems silly at the time, but I still remember it all to this day.

MW: If you want your kids to learn one thing from you, what would it be? 

Mrs. Lueck: To view mistakes as learning opportunities and pursue their goals with GRIT and perseverance.

MW: What do you do for fun?

Mrs. Lueck:  I love to read, although I don’t have much time to do it.  Mostly, I enjoy spending time with my husband and kids outside.  We do a lot of camping.

MW: What is your favorite food?

Mrs. Lueck:  Pancakes

MW:  What is your favorite holiday?

Mrs. Lueck:  I love all holidays.  Probably Christmas the most.

MW: What is your favorite quote?

Mrs. Lueck: “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston S. Churchill

MW:  If you could choose one book to suggest to someone, what would it be? 

Mrs. Lueck: Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae


Mrs. Wilson — Math Teacher

By: Roha

image010Mrs. Wilson is the 8th-grade math teacher. She has two children, two dogs, and a fantastic boyfriend.

 

MW: Why did you become a teacher?

Mrs. Wilson: Math was a struggle for me in high school and I wanted to teach others that although math can be difficult to learn, math is fascinating and is also the language of physics, my second love.

MW: When did you make the decision to become a teacher?

Mrs. Wilson: I was working as a special education assistant in a middle school and found that I was good at explaining math to the students, so I decided to change my major from English to math.

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Mrs. Wilson: In my first year of teaching at a youth correctional facility. Through games and thinking puzzles, I was able to influence their opinion about math and help a lot of them graduate from high school.

MW: Which of your teachers was the most influential in your life?

Mrs. Wilson: My High School English teacher Mrs. Whalen. I had her all four years and she taught me how to think, to write well and to be a great person.

MW: What is one thing you want your kids to learn from you as a teacher?

Mrs. Wilson: I want my students to learn perseverance and to appreciate the beauty of mathematics.

MW: What are some things you do when you’re not teaching?

Mrs. Wilson:  I read constantly and do math puzzles. I also love to cook and listen to music.

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MW: What is your favorite food?

Mrs. Wilson: Hands down my favorite food is any kind of cheesecake : )

MW: What is your favorite holiday?

Mrs. Wilson: Fourth of July; it is always a time to go camping on the coast and spend time with my family.

MW: What’s one book you would suggest to someone?

Mrs. Wilson: The Harry Potter Series

MW: What’s one thing you wish you would have known before you started your teaching career?image013

Mrs. Wilson: I wish I would have known just how much joy teaching can be and also how teaching can influence so many young people.

Thank you, Mrs. Wilson, for all you do! 🙂 We’re so glad to have you here at ORVA, being an awesome teacher!


Mr. Benedict – English Teacher

Our very first Teacher Spotlight of the year is, Mr. Benedict!

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MW: Why did you become a teacher?

Mr. Benedict: I became a teacher because I loved reading and sharing that joy with others.

MW: Did you always want to be a teacher? 

Mr. Benedict: I decided to become a teacher in high school and haven’t changed my mind yet.

MW: What was your favorite teaching moment? 

Mr. Benedict: My favorite teaching moments are when I get to laugh with my students (luckily it happens a lot!).

MW: Which of your teachers was the most influential in your life?

Mr. Benedict: My sophomore year English teacher (Mr. Wade) was most influential to me– he allowed us to delve into deeper topics in lit.

MW: If you want your kids to learn one thing from you, what would it be? 

Mr. Benedict: If my students learn one thing from me, it would be to not use the word “thing.” Just kidding! It would be to walk in others’ shoes and learn to see the world through others’ eyes.

MW: What do you do for fun?

Mr. Benedict: For fun, I like to read, run, bike, and hang out with my wife and our three cats!

MW: What is your favorite food? 

Mr. Benedict: My favorite food is ham and pineapple pizza.

MW: What is your favorite holiday?

Mr. Benedict: My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving: delicious food and delightful company.

MW: What is your favorite quote?

Mr. Benedict: My favorite quote is “Don’t believe everything you read on the internet,” -Abraham Lincoln

MW: If you could choose one book to suggest to someone, what would it be? 

Mr. Benedict: A terrific read is A Short History of Nearly Everything. It’s a comedic adventure through the history of our earth. It’s both hilarious as well as factual.

Fun Facts:

Mr. Benedict has visited 27 countries!!

Mr. Benedict got married last weekend!! (Nov. 18)

 

Thank you, Mr. Benedict, for being such an amazing teacher! We are glad to have you here at ORVA. 🙂