Students become teachers for day


Joe Hilzinger dressed as spanish teacher, Ms. Kirsys Guavarez and Mike O’Hagan dressed as physical education teacher, Ms. Zimmermann

by Julia Blando, Senior Staff Writer

Seniors and teachers switched roles on Wednesday, Nov. 25, for Teacher Student Day. The students prepared lessons, taught classes and had authority over the underclassmen to a degree. The teachers also changed their roles and participated during class as students.

The seniors had the opportunity to choose a teacher and the teachers had to sign a permission slip guaranteeing that they did not have more than three student teachers. A teacher can decline a request.

“I took the first three students that asked,” Ms. Leah Wittenberg, math teacher, said. Her student teachers were Kayla Gutnikova, Jennie Miller and Janet Downing.

Top: Kayla Gutnikova, Jennie Miller and Janet Downing dressed as math teacher, Ms. Wittenberg
Bottom: Ian Crawford, Josh Stein and Coehl Gleckner dressed as art teacher, Mr. Kupka

“I’m just hoping that they won’t do anything crazy,” Scott Kupka, art teacher, said prior to Teacher Student Day. He was referring to his student teachers: Josh Stein, Coehl Gleckner, and Ian Crawford.

However, Kupka’s students had a different idea.

“We’re going to be throwing phones and making kids fight stuff,” Gleckner said.

“With all the pressure of the holidays, you need something to relax,” Mike O’Hagan (’16) said.

While this day was a fun and eye-opening, students and teachers both agreed that if this were to happen everyday, there would be a lot more change to come.

“I can’t imagine that world,” Zimmerman said.

“I think Ms. Zimm would get straight As in this school. She’s so smart, and talented,” O’Hagan said. “And for me, as a teacher, I would just do my job. I don’t know, I’d love coming to work every day. Gym teachers are awesome. They get to deal with some of the best athletes in the world at Glen Rock.”

“I did not like school very much. I didn’t enjoy being a student just because I didn’t like being told what to do. I still don’t like being told what to do,” Kupka said.