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Spanish teacher hired

Brianna Backus, the new Spanish I teacher, poses in her classroom after joining the staff at the beginning of second semester.

Brianna Backus, the new Spanish I teacher, poses in her classroom after joining the staff at the beginning of second semester.

Alexis Frost

Brianna Backus, the new Spanish I teacher, poses in her classroom after joining the staff at the beginning of second semester.

Alexis Frost

Alexis Frost

Brianna Backus, the new Spanish I teacher, poses in her classroom after joining the staff at the beginning of second semester.

Alexis Frost, Reporter

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Emerald Ridge has a new Spanish I teacher after struggling to find a permanent replacement. Western Washington University alumna Brianna Backus became the newest member of Jag Nation when she was hired in late December 2014.

ER was in need of a new Spanish teacher after Kelsey Beaman moved to Everett at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. When school started this past fall there were many temporary substitutes working until a permanent teacher could be hired.

Student teacher Mandy Ryan, who worked with math teacher Traci Shepard and is now a full time algebra teacher at Kalles Junior High, told the school that she knew someone who taught Spanish. The school decided to observe Backus in a classroom setting because Backus has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and went back to school to get certified at WWU.

Principal Karey Howell approached Backus in December. Howell and Spanish I teacher Kelly Connor watched Backus teach a Spanish II class while she was substituting, which allowed the school to see if she was the right one for the job.

Backus got four emails for teaching positions after accepting the job here at ER. As there were three different Spanish teachers to keep the extra classes going, it didn’t work until Backus came around and fixed everything.

“Teaching a world language is in high need of teachers,” said Backus.

The very first teacher was a brand new mother, so the school was seeing how it would work. The second teacher found wasn’t working out with the job, but the students loved him as a teacher.

At the end of November the school had settled on a temporary substitute for the Spanish I classes until the end of the semester. Backus knew that the teaching job would be hard, since her mother was a teacher and Backus learned that there is a lot of responsibility with being a teacher.

Before Backus started teaching full time, she traveled to Spain and taught English while there. When she came back to the United States, she became an AVID tutor. She started teaching the first day of second semester, 0n Jan. 29. She teaches four Spanish I in portable two.

Connor and Spanish II and III teacher Mark Miller have helped Backus out with all of the technology and with whatever she needs. Connor has helped Backus most throughout the process of teaching the students and is teaching her classes of Spanish I at the same pace as Backus.

Backus says that the staff is very helpful and awesome and her students treat her just as well, but with lots of energy. She felt nervous when she first started teaching Spanish at ER. Backus is still figuring out what she is going to be teaching this semester, as she is new to teaching a full time Spanish class.

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