In addition to the changes brought about by COVID-19, Bibich is also welcoming seven new staff members this year. The new staff members include Miss Martinez, Mrs. Heinecke, Miss Batres, Miss Fechalos, Mrs. Ottenhoff, Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Burke.
“I love the community of Bibich. As being a first year teacher and new to the building, everyone on staff has offered their insight and their help as I start my teaching career,” Ottenhoff, one of the fourth grade teachers, said.
The staff members were attracted to Bibich for various reasons. For Ottenhoff, the deciding factors were the administrators and the goals of the school.
“I decided to work at Bibich [after] my first interview with Mrs. Logan. I knew that I wanted to learn from her. She has such a great personality and so many qualities I admire in an administrator. I respected that Bibich has such high expectations for their students and strive to reach and meet all students at their level to push students to reach their full potential,” Ottenhoff said.
The new staff members are not only adapting to a new school but also new COVID-19 rules. Some of the new teachers teach in-person students while others teach e-learners.
“I am doing e-learning this semester, so there are three things that I love doing with my kiddos. On our first Google Meet, we transition subjects. During that transition we do some type of Go Noodle or exercise, and it is fun seeing the kids participate in that. Once or twice a week we do lunch together. I love listening to the conversations of the students. Lastly, we read for ten minutes a day. This is a time where I tell students to relax and just listen to me read. E-learning is stressful enough, so this is a time for them to take a breath and chill,” Ottenhoff said.
Mrs. Heinecke, one of the Kindergarten teachers, plans to further grow while at Bibich by setting specific goals. She hopes to push her students to be the best they can be.
“I couldn’t wait to get back into a Kindergarten classroom again. I also wondered how different it was going to be since we have so many guidelines due to the pandemic. I want to meet all of my students’ needs. I want them to reach for the stars,” Heinecke said.