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Gouveia opts to stay another year

Dance Teacher Joyce Gouveia, in her classroom with Senior Jeremy Cunningham, has decided to stay on another year at Bear River. Photo by McKenna Hisaw

English and Dance Teacher Joyce Gouveia, after announcing her retirement at the beginning of the year, now says that she is spending one more year with the Bruins.

“After much consideration, I’ve decided to postpone my retirement and stay on at Bear River,” she stated.

Alexa Templeton, a freshman in Ms. Gouveia’s Dance I class, shared what she thinks of Gouveia’s decision.

“Well, I think that she is an amazing dance teacher,” she said. “And what she does for this group of young girls is very amazing.”

Jenna Laplante, a sophomore in Dance II, agreed with Templeton.

“She’s really nice and she encourages you,” she explained. “Especially in dance when you’re trying to do something, she helps you out with it. She gives you tips on what to do.”

Alexa Tan, a freshman in Ms. Gouveia’s Dance and English class, commented on what she enjoys about her English class.

“She makes English fun all the time and we always laugh the entire class,” she said. “So, I’m excited for another freshman to experience that too.”

Templeton also elaborated more on what she likes about Ms. Gouveia’s teaching style.

“I guess with some movements we do, it’s so stupid looking, but she just does not care what we all look like,” she said. “There’s no judgement.”

Ms. Gouveia’s Dance class has been influential on many of her students. Laplante explained how Ms. Gouveia changed her view on dance.

“I kind of just wanted to get through with it (Dance), but now I’m just kind of enjoying it more,” she said. “I’m actually trying to work on things. (I enjoy) working on it more than I did. Before, I just wanted to get better and just thought I’d enjoy it more once I was better, and now I enjoy getting better.”

According to Tan, Ms. Gouveia’s classes are a bit on the humorous side.

“I like that she is always sweet, and always laughing and having fun the entire class,” she said.

Along with Tan, Templeton added what she enjoys most of Ms. Gouveia’s class.

“One day, this year, I was having a really hard time and she acted like my second mom and had her arms open and was super sweet,” she said.

Tan finally commented on the impact of Ms. Gouveia’s classes on her interests.

“I’ve never actually thought I’d like dance, but I do,” she said. “Yeah. It’s weird, but I like it. It’s one of my favorite classes, and I didn’t expect that.”

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