Summer Highlights: Professional Excellence

In addition to the usual preparations for a new school year, teachers are engaging in other professional experiences this summer.  Here are some highlights.

Habitat for Humanity

Dan Otahal, Central Social Studies teacher, lead his 17th student volunteer trip to West Virginia accompanied by Central teachers Christy Brodell, World Languages; Chris Wilbur, Social Studies; Sasha Boheme, Speech Pathologist;  Deanne Doherty, Psychologist; Brian Griffin, Math, and Heather Fehrman, English.

AP Learning, Grading, Presenting, and Authoring


Many teachers are attending week-long AP training sessions this summer to stay abreast of recent AP changes.  Teachers attending AP professional development include Sue Howard, South English; Gina Chandler, Central English; Lauren Otahal, Central English; Loren Mann, South Science, and Laura Milas, Central Art.


Central Social Studies teachers John Naisbitt and Chris Freiler graded for the National AP European History test, and Central English teacher Angelique Burrell graded for AP Literature.

Presenting and Authoring

Central Social Studies teacher, Chris Freiler is presenting two AP workshops–Bellevue, WA, June 25-28 and Northwestern (Chicago), July 8-11. In addition, he is writing multiple choice rationales for the AP European History released exam on the heels of a DBQ developed by him having appeared on this year’s AP exam (alternate form). Chris is also serving on an ETS committee to write an entire AP Euro exam and has written the Test Bank for John Merriman, A History of Modern Europe, 4th ed.

Travel Abroad

Central World Language teacher Christy Brodell won a scholarship through the professional organization ACTFL for a week of classes at Tia Tula school in Salamanca, Spain.  Prior to the end of the school year, Central World Languages Department hosted 23 Spanish students and two teachers for the 4th year in a row from Guadix, Spain.

Central Physical Education teacher Michael Wiggins is traveling to Tanzania to teach soccer to the kids at the O’Brien School for the Maasai.


Central teachers Chris Wilbur, Social Studies and Janelle Hoeksema, Business brought nine students to National Speech and Debate Tournament in Dallas Texas.