College & Career Bulletin Guides Seniors To Future

By Hector Guzman 

Due to the pandemic that has stopped Pueblo from its normal functions since last March, the College and Career bulletin has still been available to provide Pueblo’s community with various types of information aimed at helping students succeed. 

This bulletin is especially essential for seniors planning their futures. 

Mr. Roberto Cruze

Mr. Roberto Cruze, Pueblo’s College and Career Coordinator, emphasizes the importance of this bulletin. One of his goals consists of more seniors having access to the bulletin’s information and to inform the entire school of other academic programs and announcements. 

“It’s ‘GO’ time when it’s your senior year,” he said, emphasizing the importance of students preparing for post-high school life. 

Cruze stated that this bulletin has been accessible to students for several years and has gone through many shapes so that the bulletin is now accessible to students online, which has become especially important this school year due to students not being on campus. 

He stated that the bulletin has piqued the interest of many seniors who are interested in applying for college. In fact, the bulletin has been able to increase the number of student applications for the University of Arizona by 96%, Cruze stated. 

“It’s very important that seniors start mailing their applications,” he said. “We are already halfway through the school year.” 

Cruze said that he does feel some frustration not knowing if all students are reading the important information listed on the bulletins. He makes it easy for students to have access to this important information by adding them to the Warrior Weekly or emailing it directly to teachers who are hopefully passing the bulletins on to students or posting them online. 

“I am considering sending the bulletin directly to students’ emails to confirm they have the bulletin,” Cruze said. 

Cruze said the most enjoyable thing about the bulletin is the variety of information and opportunities offered to students. He added that he would continue to offer the online and print versions of the bulletin for students when Pueblo is reopened. A QR code may also become available for students to access the bulletin through an electronic device. 

“[Seniors], make sure you are getting offers from schools that help you reach your future academic goals,” Cruze said.

Pueblo Welcomes New Speech & Language Specialist

By Freddy Gradillas and Axel Rosas 

Ms. Julia Raykin

Ms. Julia Raykin is new to the Pueblo High School staff this year as a speech and language therapist. Even though she is new to PHS, she has been working as a speech therapist in high schools for more than 14 years. 

Born in Moscow, Russia, Raykin would find herself moving with a group of other Jewish immigrants, who moved to Austria, then Italy—and then from Italy to the United States. 

During her high school years Raykin was very interested in languages and how people talked—so she decided to learn more about her fascination for linguistics and languages. She completed an internship through her high school at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York. After high school, she studied in Israel for a year. She came back to New York to pursue a degree in Communication Disorders and earned her Master’s degree at Long Island University, graduating with a Master’s of Science in 2004. 

“I was really interested in languages and wanted to help people out,” Raykin said. This love of languages probably had to do with the fact that she was bilingual. Her mother was a speech therapist in Russia, but speech therapy was very different there. She said that she is able to communicate fluently in English and Russian and can converse in Hebrew and Spanish. 

Like most teachers and staff members at Pueblo, Raykin said that she has been challenged working via Zoom this school year. 

“The amount of work, sending numerous emails every day and returning assignments to students is very difficult,” Raykin said. She added, “Sometimes I feel like it’s hard to connect with students when they want to have their cameras off because I can’t really tell what’s going on with them.” 

Raykin said that she would return to Pueblo when the TUSD School Board decides when it is safe to do so. 

“When I do return, I will certainly follow all of the proper safety precautions,” she said. 

Raykin said that she enjoys focusing on her students’ strengths and weaknesses—to determine what they need to continue developing their positive attributes and how to improve areas that need to be developed. 

She stated, “I really want to focus more on students’ careers and how schools can help them with their futures.” 

Raykin added that self-discovery is one of the most valuable lessons a child could learn in school. 

“Getting students to know themselves is the life-long journey that I want to help them begin,” she said.

Ms. McCormack: Loyal To The End

By Angella Armenta and Kevin Salazar 

Even with the rocky start of the 2020-2021 school year, Pueblo High School’s teachers remain faithful and committed to teaching our Warriors. 

One of those loyal teachers is Ms. Teresa McCormack, who has called Pueblo “home” since the fall of 2018, when she was simultaneously completing a one-year master’s teaching program at the University of Arizona while student-teaching Spanish I and II at PHS. 

McCormack currently teaches ELD I (English) to freshmen and sophomores. 

“I miss my kids!” McCormack said. “I miss the whole interaction with them. I want to come back. I’m not planning to retire nor resign like some teachers did or are. The students at Pueblo are awesome, fun, respectful, and they create an atmosphere not seen or felt in other high schools. The staff and administration at Pueblo played a huge factor in me being at Pueblo.” 

McCormack earned her bachelor’s in education in 2017, with honors, and she taught in Germany a year before coming to Pueblo High School. 

“My husband served in the Air Force for 24 years, and several times we were stationed overseas, including Germany,” she said. “Living there was a once in a lifetime experience.” 

While living abroad on a military installation, McCormack accepted a job as a para-professional working with general and special education high schoolers. 

“It was the best time ever!” McCormack said. “I met students from all over the 50 states, and I still keep in touch with some of them through social media.” 

She said that she chose her teaching field because she wanted to have a positive and influential impact on the next generation. 

“As a teacher’s aide for more than 10 years, I saw a connection that I had with teenagers,” McCormack said. “I did not want to lose that impact on future students who I had not met yet.” 

When students and teachers are allowed to return to campus, McCormack said that she will do everything possible to make her classroom a safe environment. McCormack hopes to be able to help her students in person and to continue giving them positive advice. She added that she wants to continue to encourage her students to follow their dreams in life without obstacles. 

“I can’t wait to come back to the classroom,” McCormack said

From Cross Country Star To Star Counselor

By Sergio Calvillo and Jaime Montaño 

Ms. Kimberly Lamadrid is one of Pueblo High School’s new counselors, although this is not her first counseling position; she transferred from Lawrence Middle School after a year. 

Lamadrid said that she was attracted to Pueblo because of its Latino community. 

“I have immigrant parents, and I understand the different struggles of people,” said Lamadrid. 

Like most employees at Pueblo, Lamadrid said that her work has been affected by Covid-19, and contacting students and their families has been challenging. 

“I really miss the interaction between my students and me,” Lamadrid said. 

When not helping students succeed, she coached Pueblo’s cross country earlier this semester. 

“At least I got to interact with students during this [cross country] activity!” Lamadrid said. 

Lamadrid said that running has always been a part of her life. During her middle school years, she would run around her neighborhood for fun, and later in high school she joined the cross country team; she even continued to run during her college years. 

Despite the challenges of communicating online, Lamadrid said that she does see a future at Pueblo. 

“I want to stay here as long as I can because the Pueblo community is a very exciting place.”

New Math Teacher ‘Adds’ To Staff

by Ismael Angulo, Getsemani Cazares and Easther Zazueta 

Among the two dozen or so new teachers and staff members at Pueblo High School this school year, Ms. Taylor Hall is PHS’s newest math teacher—Algebra I to Freshmen, and Algebra to Response to Intervention (RTI) Freshmen and Sophomores. 

Hall grew up in Iowa, but she moved to California to earn her undergraduate degree at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Immediately following completion of her bachelor’s degree, she attended Stanford University where she earned her graduate degree. Hall looked for a teaching position in California, but she said that she did not find the “right fit”. Taylor moved to Tucson because she had family here, and she decided to try to find a job in Southern Arizona. 

“Mr. Rosthenhausler [principal of Pueblo] reached out and asked me to interview,” Hall said. “The more I looked at Pueblo, I felt like the culture really matched where I wanted to be.” 

Hall, like all teachers at Pueblo thus far this school year, have been teaching online. She said that she will gladly return to the classroom when it is safe for her and her students, but unlike many teachers, Hall seems to have a positive outlook regarding online instruction. 

“I really like teaching online,” she said. “I really enjoy using the technology and the tools to teach with the computer.” 

Hall has some advice for seniors applying to colleges. 

“I never got to know any of my high school teachers very well,” Hall said, “and getting letters of recommendation was very hard. I recommend that students choose teachers they get along with and like—and to keep those relationships continuing because they might need them even after the school year is over.”

Ms. Duzenli Joins Pueblo Faculty

By Isaiah Sotelo 

Sibel Duzenli

We lost our fair share of teachers at the end of the last school year—many to retirements and transfers. These vacancies had to be filled, and so Pueblo High School has many new teachers for the 2020-21 school year. 

One of these new educators is Ms. Sibel Duzenli, who is teaching beginning and advanced art. 

“I am so excited to be at Pueblo,” she said. “I already think Pueblo is an amazing school, and all of the teachers I have met are kind and hard-working people.” 

Duzenli has not always been an art teacher. In fact, she began her teaching career at a summer camp math class teaching elementary school students in her native British Columbia, Canada. She then moved to Tucson to pursue her master’s degree in Art and Visual Culture Education. 

“I got tired of the rainy weather in B.C.,” she said, “and combined with the fact that my husband is from Tucson, we made the decision to come to Arizona.” 

After moving to Southern Arizona, Duzenli taught at an alternative program in TUSD. Afterwards, she started teaching art for middle school students. Then, she made the transition to high school students at Pueblo. 

“I always loved school, and I respected my teachers for their hard work,” she said. 

Duzenli said that her teachers were excellent role models, and she was inspired by their professionalism. 

“Art was always my favorite subject, and if the world did not have art, our planet would be a sadder, less joyful place,” she said. “I really believe that art helps students express themselves and to learn more about themselves—and others.” She paused and added, “I want to help students with that self-learning process.” 

Duzenli said, “I think art is an incredible way for humans to express themselves, and I want to be a part of making that possible [for students].” 

“I felt pretty sad in the beginning of the year knowing I wasn’t going to meet students in person,” said Duzenli. “But I am still really excited to be here at Pueblo.” 

She thinks that students should remember that high school is an opportunity to grow, meet new people and make mistakes. 

“We’re living through a very significant time in history,” Duzenli said, “and we’re learning so much as a culture and as human beings. I know online instruction isn’t going to last forever, and I can’t wait to share the same space as my students.” 

She added, “Even though it’s a very overwhelming time, it’s very heartening to know that we’re all going through this strange time together,” she added. “So even though we feel disconnected sometimes, I often feel more connected because we’re in this history—together.”