Sally Garcia | Staff Writer
This year, 15 new teachers have joined the Livermore High staff. They have experience to share and hope to guide LHS students on their path to success.
Jeffrey Glatstein, the new Culinary Arts teacher of Livermore High, said, “Success is different.” He believes that everybody is good at something. Before teaching at LHS, Glatstein was a chef instructor at the San Jose Job Core, and also worked in hotels and on cruise ships. He has been working in hospitality and business for about 30 years, beginning at age 18, and currently teaches Foods 1 and Culinary Arts 1.
Glatstein attended UC Davis as an undergraduate and majored in International Relations. He then began working at INTERPOL, the International Police Organization, for a couple months, but quit soon after “seeing the worse side of humanity,’’ Glatstein explained. Thinking about what he loved doing, Glatstein attended the California Culinary Academy and received his Master’s degree in hospitality from Cornell in 1998.
Glatstein enjoys working at LHS because of its positive energy, good students, and supportive staff. It’s a big change, as Glatstein is used to spending eight hours with students, compared to spending one hour a day with them here. One thing Glatstein wants to do as soon as possible is get into the LHS spirit.
Robert Carpenter is the new Ceramics teacher at Livermore High. Carpenter taught people ceramics at Leslie’s Ceramics, a ceramics and crafts store, before moving on to tutoring at the California Academy of Art University. Unfortunately, it was difficult finding a program that would stick, and an environment that was comfortable for him. After Carpenter taught in several locations around the Bay Area, including in Oakland, San Mateo, and San Lorenzo, he was eventually led to LHS, where he plans on “staying until dying of old age during a lecture,” as foretold in a dream he once had.
Carpenter has been teaching since 2010, but it wasn’t until 2013 that he began teaching public schools. A few goals Carpenter hopes to achieve are to get students to challenge themselves as well as updating the furniture in his classroom, hoping to get matching stools.
Recently out of college, Tyler Eelsing is now in his first year of teaching at LHS as a Social Science, U.S History, and Freshmen in Transition (F.I.T.) teacher. He attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for four years and recommends it to anyone looking for a good college to attend. Something Eelsing would like to tell his students is, “Don’t dwell on the past–there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel.” Eelsing’s goals this year are to reach out to his students and help them succeed, even if it means making personal sacrifices, as well as figuring himself out as a teacher and finding what works and what doesn’t.
“There are two ways of spreading light, to be the candle or to be the mirror that reflects it.” This is Amandeep Kaur’s favorite quote by Edith Wharton. As a new math teacher in Livermore High, Kaur wants to be the candle that spreads the light to her students. She previously taught at Dublin High School and Campbell Union High School in San Jose, as well as in Chicago, where she first began her teaching career in the United States. She has taught all levels of undergraduate students back in India. Kaur has been teaching for eight years and has a Bachelor’s degree in math, computer science, and physics, and completed both her undergraduate degree and Master’s degree in India. She is currently teaching Precalculus and Geometry.
Carol Myllenbeck, the new English teacher, was an instructional coach for new teachers in the district and worked at several locations. Myllenbeck taught fifth grade for eight years and middle school core classes for seven years. This year is her first year teaching high school students. Myllenbeck attended San Jose State for her Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts, and Cal State East Bay for her teaching credentials. In the next five years, her goal is to become an administrator, vice principal, or an employee at the district office in a leadership position. She wants her students to to challenge themselves and ask questions, and also wants to learn about and communicate with them. Myllenbeck currently teaches three sections of English 9A and one section of English 10A.
As a free-spirited science teacher, Elias Fiadoyor wants his students to understand biology. He came to the United States from West Africa with only a high school education. He attended the College of Alameda, San Joaquin Delta College, and CSU Bakersfield. Fiadoyor also went to Carrington College to train as a pharmacy technician. He also taught there for a while. He’s worked at several hospital locations as a relief worker.
“Don’t count yourself out. Just know that the system here is designed for everyone,” Fiadoyor says. A goal he would like to achieve is helping students leave his class accomplishing things. He loves how Livermore’s community is very supportive of their schools, supplying them with basic necessities that many schools don’t have. Fiadoyor currently teaches Life Science and Biology.
Karen Shackelford is currently teaching Algebra 1. Shackelford previously taught in Tracy and has eighteen years of teaching experience. She attended Las Positas and got her Associate’s degree before transferring to Cal State East Bay, then went to Sacramento State for her teacher preparation program. She began teaching in 2000.
“Be dedicated to your future, don’t let obstacles get in your way,” is Shackelford’s motto. A goal that Shackelford wants to reach with her class is having all her student pass algebra; she also holds close the values of respecting others and yourself. She enjoys LHS and finds the staff and students wonderful.
This school year is Natalie Baldwin’s first year of teaching. She attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Baldwin’s undergraduate major is Dairy Science, with a minor in Agribusiness, and she is currently working on her Master’s in Agricultural Education. She currently teaches Agriculture Science, Animal Anatomy and Physiology, Wildlife Management, Agricultural Biology, and Floral Design.
“Almost every successful person begins with two beliefs: the future can be better than the present, and I have the power to make it so” is a quote that Baldwin lives by. One goal Baldwin would like to achieve is to meet as many students as she can and teach them to enjoy learning.
Mirko Danilovic previously taught at the recently closed Livermore Valley Charter Preparatory high school before coming to Livermore High. He attended the School of Mechanical Engineering in Belgrade and graduated in 1994. Danilovic has a Master’s degree in automotive engineering and is currently ten years certified as a teacher.
Danilovic believes one should, “work hard and never think that something is easy.” He wants students to learn how to think and find the solution, as well as challenge themselves to work harder and achieve more. Danilovic enjoys the happiness that Livermore residents carry with them as well as the culture. He currently teaches Algebra and Geometry.
Carrie Rosenstein has been a teacher for seven years and taught at Bear Creek High School in Stockton, San Leandro High School, and an alternative high school in San Jose. She currently teaches World History and has taught all Social Sciences before. Rosenstein attended UC Davis for her undergraduate and San Jose State for her teaching credentials. Rosenstein wants her students to “enjoy being young” and to be open-minded, as well as to love learning about different cultures.
Karen Fletcher is teaching for the first time at LHS this year. She has worked as an intern at Pleasanton Middle School and taught seventh and eighth grade students. Before that, Fletcher did technical writing and worked as an aerospace engineer at NASA. Fletcher attended Colgate University in New York and studied physics there. She got her Master’s in aerospace engineering at Virginia Tech, and her teaching credentials at CSU East Bay. Fletcher wants to know her students more and encourage them to pursue their dreams. She says not to stress out or worry because you always have opportunities to make changes in your career. Fletcher’s teaching philosophy is short and simple: learn by doing.
Nima Thananjeyan had previously taught at Amador Valley High School. She taught math and science, and has been teaching for a total of 18 years. Thananjeyan attended CSU East Bay for her teaching credentials. She wants her students to work hard and to succeed.
Jesse Mejia is the new autobody and collision teacher. It’s his first year teaching and he’s currently attending UC Berkeley for his teaching credentials. Mejia majored in political science at the University of Montana. He wants his students to never give up, try their hardest, and to never take no for an answer. But most of all, he wants them to succeed.
“Education isn’t about perfection, it’s about progress,” declared Kristina Pinto. Pinto has worked in the district for eight years. She was an aid for two years at Croce Elementary School, two years at Christensen Middle School, and three years at Rancho las Positas Elementary School. She currently teaches English for freshmen and sophomores, Elements of Algebra, and Civics. Pinto attended UC Davis and majored in Sociocultural Anthropology with an emphasis on American Studies. She came to LHS because she wanted to work at a high school level and see the difference in development levels. Pinto wants to help her students to develop into better people.
John Wade has been teaching and coaching for his entire life. He’s been teaching for 22 years and coaching for 25 years. Wade previously taught Physical Education at Dublin High School and was the head coach for their football team. Before that, he taught and coached for 15 years at Miramonte High School. Wade currently teaches F.I.T., Physical Education, and Human Performance, and is the offense coordinator for the varsity football team. He went to UC Davis and majored in Physical Education and Communications. This year, Wade wants to get to know his students and connect with them, and also wants them to work hard in his classes as well as have fun. It is important to Wade that his students always feel good about themselves when they work hard, regardless of the outcome.
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