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New Faces, Same Place: Jessica Trip

Grace Brigson, Staff Member

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Q: How was your first day? What were your first impressions of WSHS?

A: “I loved it. I love the energy, and the kids….I don’t want to call you guys kids, but I don’t know. Everybody seems so positive and there’s such a good vibe here. My first impression was awesome. Link crew made me nervous, but once I realized that we were all new at the high school, I thought how great it was that you guys get to have that experience.  Mrs. Arentz is like a ball of energy and is amazing to work with as well!”

Q: What was your college education/teaching journey?

A: “I kind of went from high school right into my under-grad studies.  I did sociology and phycology at UW-L. They(the professors) always told us that they liked sociology and psychology majors because we’re “people people”, but when you go and find a job in that field, you’re going to see a lot of low paying jobs. I’ve always wanted to help people, I’ve known that my whole life.”

Q: Where are you from? How different is West Salem than your past job?

A: “I live in Sparta, and I worked as a middle school counselor for three years.  When I had my second child, I was driving from to Sparta to La Crescent and back. That was when I decided that I wanted to stay home with my family, and I’ve been doing that for the past nine years. This is my first “step back into school counseling” job.”

Q: What’s your teaching style/philosophy?

A: “I think it’s important for kids to be kids, and I want to help support that. You guys have a lot of pressures, and high school is quite a bit different as far as even what is offered here. The sports you’re involved in, on top of the academics, I just feel like it’s more intense here, so I want to be a strong support for you guys.”

Q: What do you do outside of school?

A: “I love to travel, I love to run, and I love to read. I also love to garden, although I’m not very good at it. My kids are in a lot of sports, and I guess we spend most of our time doing that as well.”

 

 

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