Tag Archives: Teachers

Teachers return after break

Swanson and Calvin come back to M.A. after a year off. When teachers return after sabbatical or part-time schedules, they bring back a renewed sense of purpose and an enriched life to share with students. When Amy Swanson, director of cultural immersion, decided to leave MA for a year after …

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Participating in the classics

When it comes to classic books, it’s what the reader brings to the page  “The greatest art belongs to the world. Do not be intimidated by the experts. Trust your instincts. Do not be afraid to go against what you have been taught, or what you were told to see …

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Wally Borner retires

Making a mark on Minnehaha: Beloved middle school history teacher, Wallace Borner, retires after 39 years of educating students at Minnehaha Academy. “[Mr. Borner] had a big red beard,” said Judy Cummings, a Minnehaha parent whose husband and daughters also had Wallace Borner as a teacher. “He let us call him …

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Stigmas and Stereotypes of AP classes

Students and faculty weigh in on myths and realities regarding Advanced Placement classes Zero hours, note cards, reading for hours, multiple choice exams, free responses and DBQs. These are some of the things that make up the advanced placement experience. So why would anyone want to go through it? Advanced …

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Disabled doesn’t mean incapable

Individuals with disabilities and their families strive for acceptance in today’s society   Thinking back, Lisbeth Vest Armstrong, former special education teacher, can remember the hurtful actions from students toward peers who had disabilities as they walked through the school. “They would get to our classroom and they would go …

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High expectations for Hadland

Hadland takes on cross country and chemistry Minnehaha students knew new physics and AP Chemistry teacher Erik Hadland long before he started teaching here. For the last two years, Hadland has been substituting at MA and assistant coaching cross country and track. “I think Hadland is a very caring coach,” …

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Jim Wald retires

Director of finance says good-bye after 45 years To most, the end of the school year means three months of relaxation. For some, however, the end of the school year means having to say good-bye. We expect to say goodbye to our graduates, but we must also say goodbye to …

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Global repositioning

Chemistry teacher Chris Thompson prepares for his mission work in Haiti Chris Thompson, who teaches chemistry in the Minnehaha science department, is leaving the school after six years to move to Haiti with his wife, Sara, and his three kids, Luke (11), Ella (7) and Kate (4). The Thompson family is …

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