This winter semester we have a new face in the building, student teacher Tracy Zuhoski, otherwise known as Mr. Z. For those who may not know, a student-teacher is a university or graduate student who teaches under the supervision of a certified teacher in order to earn their teaching degree in education. This semester Mr. Z will be working under Mr. Hansen for the next few months, working to earn his degree in Secondary Education General Science Broad Field, and is also minoring in music from Montana State University. I spoke with him to see how he’s liking it here.
Like any person he does have some fear of becoming a teacher, Mr. Z explained that “My fear of becoming a teacher is calling a student by the wrong name, that’s why I’ve tried to learn everyone's names so quickly.” It may seem silly, but if you encounter upwards to 100 students a day, wouldn’t you mix up some names too? Besides that, he loves the students here, “they're very accepting of my help and my teaching skills, and made me feel very welcomed here.”
We might wonder, why become a teacher in the first place? Mr. Z very eagerly responded, “My high school science and band teachers were great, and made me want to give back after all of their amazing instruction.” He also said that he decided to come to SGCHS for his student teaching because he grew up visiting Big Timber a lot and really enjoys the vibe of the town. He is excited to get the rural teaching experience.
The students aren’t the only ones happy to have him and the extra help around in the classroom, Mr. Hansen feels extremely lucky to have him around and thinks that he’ll make an excellent addition to the school. And as for how he’ll do as a teacher, Mr. Hansen proudly said, “I think he’ll do great as a teacher, he really has a great sense of how to be a good teacher.” Of course, only after asking if this was on or off the record.
So we’re happy to welcome you to Sweet Grass County High School Mr. Z, congratulations on your engagement, and best of luck at your job next year. We truly do enjoy having you here, and we appreciate your help more than you could ever know.