New teacher: Michelle Roth
Michelle Roth thinks that America’s education system focuses too much on strict academics instead of going outside the classroom and into the real world. Roth thinks that the system would be better if educators focused on the application and relevance of their subject matter.
New to the Spanish department at Park City High School (PCHS), Roth moved to the Park City area a couple weeks ago. Roth said that living in Park City appeals to her because it’s a beautiful resort town.
Roth comes to PCHS after years of teaching at the college level. Roth studied and taught at both Washington State University and the University of Idaho. She said that the collaboration, permanence and stability of a job at the high school level attracted her to a job with the Park City School District (PCSD). Roth will look to her students for help getting through her first year. She says she has a lot to learn about the policies and the PCSD system.
Roth describes her teaching style as student-centered. Technology will be integrated into her classes through the use of DVD’s and web activities. Guest speakers from the community will be invited into Roth’s classroom. She said she would like her students to hear different Spanish accents to help them understand the language. Roth described the most rewarding part of her job as student achievement.
Roth hopes to be part of a focus group on community interaction, where she will work on improving resident’s relationships with the schools.
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