Welcoming new, bring, smiling faces

Four teachers greeted their classes at 7:55 a.m. Aug. 23, ready to take on the new school year in a new school. The bright and smiling faces that first day didn’t just belong to the sophomores, but to three new teachers — Jordan Lockard, Matt Pancheri, Will Thompson — and one teacher returned to Lewiston High School from taking a year off from teaching, – Molly Hendrickson.

Jordan Lockard kick-starts his career at LHS. Photo by Loretta Tuell.

Lockard is a first-time teacher, kicking off his career at LHS teaching world-history and psychology. Although this is his first year, his experience as a student teacher helped him find joy in teaching when he helps students with learning and understanding a subject that to some may be hard. Lockard also mentions that he wants to spark critical thinking among his pupils, opposed to “spoon-feeding them information.”

Pancheri previously taught in Rexburg, Idaho, and Idaho Falls, Idaho. He started his career at LHS in the summer by training students in the Summer Weights Program. He continues to mentor students as the football coach and while teaching sophomores and juniors about U.S. History. He said he feels excited to meet and be a positive influence on his students.

Thomas aids students with the senior project and with reading at LHS. He also works with eighth graders at Jenifer Junior High to improve students’ skills for success and reading.

Matt Pancheri works at his desk before heading off to coach. Photo by Loretta Tuell

Will Thompson returns to LHS after teaching at Jenifer Jr. High School. Photo by Loretta Tuell.

“I hope to create an environment where students’ skills grow,” Thomas said.

While Thomas teaches at both schools, he mentioned he feels happy to be back at LHS with the teachers who mentored him as a student teacher in 2010.

Molly Hendrickson stands by her wall decorated with Bengal paws created by senior students. Photo by Loretta Tuell.

Hendrickson teaches LHS seniors in Consumer Math, however, LHS was not her first place to teach. Hendrickson has taught a variety of ages, she started her teaching career at McGhee elementary school, then moved to middle school and taught at both junior highs – Jenifer and Sacajawea before moving to LHS and taught math for 10 years. Hendrickson took the 2016-2017 school year off to influence the society of Asotin by helping to launch the Career Center that takes place at the Asotin County Library. She also mentions that she was working at the University of Idaho in financial aid. Hendrickson said she feels excited about returning to LHS once more to build relationships, mentor, and be a role model for all the students in the school.

Welcoming new, bring, smiling faces