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New English Teacher receives high marks from Bruins

English teacher Kristina Stroeve teaching a hybrid learning class. Photo by Maya Bussinger

English Teacher Kristina Stroeve, a returning Bear River teacher after she taught at Nevada Union High School for a few years, has had an amazing and positive input on the school and the students in her class. 

She commented on her favorite part of teaching.

“I like teaching English because I have the opportunity to teach new things every year,” she said. “We can meet the standards by reading, writing, or talking about just about anything. My favorite part about teaching high school students is that they are already really interesting humans. The talents students have consistently amaze me. I teach great artists, musicians, and athletes. I have had some very talented writers and speakers, and some super innovative thinkers. I enjoy seeing enthusiasm in students as they pursue their interests.” 

Some of her students have shared their experiences in Ms. Stroeve’s class.

Ms. Stroeve’s class is pretty fun. She manages to keep control of the class while still allowing us to talk among ourselves. The assignments in her class are very clear, often with outlines and examples,” explained Sophomore Maya Bussinger. “I do like the way she helps our essay writing by providing outlines of how we should be writing.” 

Freshman Landon Highsmith had a positive opinion towards Stroeve’s teaching, saying it is “good.” 

Ms. Stroeve elaborated upon how it feels to return back to Bear River after four years away.

I am really happy to be back at Bear River, but it certainly has been a strange start to the year,” she said.

Students described their favorite moments in Ms. Stroeve’s class so far.

“[Ms.] Stroeve manages to make learning about Shakespeare interesting by giving each student a part to read aloud. She is very chill in general, and lets us talk in her class while still maintaining a calm atmosphere,” said Bussinger. 

“A few weeks ago we finished our course on Siddhartha and I really appreciated how deep we dove into the metaphors and themes of the book,” said Sophomore Jamey Slater. “…[She] really tries to see themes in a book that aren’t obvious, she analyzes books and compares them to current events.”

Junior Dominic Hartman noted how her English class is different from others he has taken.

“Ms. Stroeve has done a lot more group projects than any other English Teacher.”

Ms. Stroeve emphasized her love of teaching at Bear River.

“I love teaching High School English,” she said. “Students here are so kind and the small school feels like a family.” 

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