By Zachary Rhine
Red Lion welcomes Mr. Andrew Thiry to the social studies department this year. The 2015-2016 school year is not only Mr. Thiry’s first year with Red Lion Senior High School, but also his first year as a full time teaching professional.
Mr. Thiry is teaching tenth grade government and an elective for eleventh and twelfth graders; presidential history.
“I want to show students other points of view. I want to help them build their identities,” Thiry said, “I want everyone to express their thoughts.”
Mr. Thiry graduated from Governor Mifflin and got his degree from Millersville. He comes from a family of teachers, many of whom reside in Twin Valley.
Aside from teaching, Mr. Thiry also enjoys sports such as volleyball and soccer. He also enjoys music, especially playing his guitar.
Thiry’s goal for this school year is to learn as much from the people around him as they are learning from him.
Moving up from the junior high to the senior high this year is Ms. Nicole Park. Now teaching tenth and eleventh grade English classes, Ms. Park will be inspiring students to expand their knowledge on language and literature.
This is Park’s twentieth year teaching, and fourteen of those years were spent at the junior high where she was in charge of the Cat’s Paw newsletter, the middle school’s version of the Leonid.
Park received her undergrad from Penn State’s main campus.
When asked why she teaches, Ms. Park responded with sincerity that she wants students to explore new paths of knowledge. “I want to inspire others to foster a new love of learning,” said Park
Her goal for this school year is to find a place at the high school. “This school is just so much bigger than the middle school! Even a walk to the office takes me a good amount of time. It’s exhausting,” joked Park. She went on to explain that the pace is also much faster at the high school.
Aside from teaching, Ms. Park also enjoys reading and learning about the human condition. She has one daughter that is currently a Junior at Dallastown.