by Robert Moroyoqui
Pueblo’s new Exceptional Education teacher, Mr. Derek Gunnels, is very proud to educate his students and happy to work alongside his parents and brother. (His father, Mr. Michael Gunnels, is Pueblo’s communications media tech teacher; his mother, Ms. Kathryn Gunnels, is Pueblo’s newest assistant principal; and, younger brother Mr. Jeren Gunnels is an instructional specialist for the TSW (Transition from School to Work) Program.
Derek said that he fell in love with teaching when he became involved with helping with Pueblo’s clothing bank.
“From the clothing bank, we’re now focusing on the greenhouse project for the school,” Gunnels said.
Gunnels wants his students to enjoy their high school years—unlike his high school years.
“It’s what you don’t like that motivates you to come back,” said Gunnels.
He added that he foresees himself being at Pueblo for a long time.
“As long as I’m making connections with my students, I’m going to love being here.”