Cupcakes, dad jokes and 2,000 subscribers

By Nika Bondar


Students talk about their favorite teachers and why that particular teacher has made an impression. Infographic by Nika Bondar.

ll year long, the corridors of Homestead are flooded with complaints and suggestions regarding the standard mechanics of teaching, such as lecturing and note-taking. Yet, with the upcoming end of 2018-2019, students have opened up their hearts to share some appreciation.

First off in the countdown, according to sophomore Zachary Gabrielson, is Gary Auten, “[A] legend. [A] God in every single way. [A] great teacher.”

With overall contradicting reviews, Auten is mostly known for the opinionated experiences of his Geometry Enriched students. In the subject of math, finding a comfortable and methodical pace for the entire class can be quite challenging, yet instead Auten is appreciated for bringing bagels and creating a famous YouTube channel.

“AutenMath …[has] over 2000 subscribers. He’s famous in Hawaii,” said Gabrielson.

Creativity in the classroom always draws the attention of all students. For example, according to sophomore Oscar Witt, the interactive classroom of a spanish teacher Senor Arevalo makes learning a language easier and more motivating

“[Arevalo] likes to do activities like little games in class to make you want to learn the language more” said Witt.

Teachers are often popular for many different reasons, one such example being the history and administration of justice teacher Harry Unsinger, who brings food into his classroom and brings out the best in students. Unsinger often translates his passion for history to high schoolers through accurate and relatable humour.

One sophomore, Amy Bhatta, is thankful for Unsinger because, “He always gives me candy, cookies and cupcakes.”

Another hint of gratitude for the same teacher comes from Rebecca Andrews, who is grateful for Unsinger’s academic guidance.

“[Unsinger] goes out of his way to make sure a student passes his class, [and] he goes out of his way to help me study” Andrews said.

Relating to the student body is a valuable craft. With the ever changing trends of youth generations, sometimes it pays to simply stay on track.