Eagle River High School has a consistent flow of students rolling in and out of our student body every year. As a school chock full of military dependents and the children of oil-company-employees, we watch friends come and go constantly. Still, our staff has remained relatively unchanged in the past few years. This year, however, we welcome Angie Fontecchio, a new English and Social Studies teacher from Wisconsin, to our halls. This past Thursday, Ms. Fontecchio was available for an interview with the ERHS News staff as we personally welcome her to our school.
A Packers fan hailing from The Badger State, Ms. Fontecchio has been teaching for a remarkable 19 years. This will be her fifth year teaching in Alaska. Most recently, she taught at SAVE high school, an alternative school for Juniors and Seniors behind on credits. While SAVE is different from most public schools, Fontecchio claims that Eagle River reminds her of the schools she taught at in Wisconsin. Commenting on her first impressions of our school, she said that “everybody’s been pretty friendly” and that our students are “really focused here… focused on their education.”
Further, she expressed a great appreciation for our school’s Monday morning routine. She revered the PLC Schedule, claiming that it is a great time for teachers to “collaborate on issues… that need to be addressed in school.” Though she lacks an advisory class, she declared that the periods were also a “good use of time,” and that they are a “good way to get the students informed,”.
Ms. Fontecchio included that her favorite things about being a teacher were making meaningful connections to students and helping them become lifelong learners. As an instructor, she strives to teach the skill of learning along with the core material she is given. In all of her classes, she appreciates that her students participate in discussions and hands on activities. She encourages creativity and the formation of opinions. Ms. Fontecchio obviously knows what a student needs to succeed inside and outside of the classroom, and she will be a valuable addition to the ERHS Staff.
From all of us at the ERHS Howl, a warm welcome to Ms. Fontecchio. We hope you have a great year!