New teachers join Crusader Nation

Catherine Foley-Morgan, science. Photo  by Stephanie Sakelaris ‘15

Catherine Foley-Morgan, science. Photo by Stephanie Sakelaris ‘15

Yifang Shi, Mandarin Chinese. Photo  by Dennis Keena ‘16

Yifang Shi, Mandarin Chinese. Photo by Dennis Keena ‘16

Anthony Kiner, Life Skills. Photo  by Dennis Keena ‘16

Anthony Kiner, Life Skills. Photo by Dennis Keena ‘16

Mitchell Osadchuck, choir. Photo  by Dennis Keena ‘16

Mitchell Osadchuck, choir. Photo by Dennis Keena ‘16

Dennis Keena ’16

Photographer

Bustling hallways, students finding their classes, and teachers getting ready to go over material: so much happens on the first day of school that it is hard to notice something new to Crusader Nation, the new teachers in the building.

When it comes to the new school year, many new faces appear, primarily the freshman class members. But who really stands out the most? The teachers.

In this school year, several new full-time teachers joined Crusader Nation. “I really like it at North,” new science teacher Catherine Foley-Morgan said. “It’s very nice here!”

Foley-Morgan is originally from LCHS.

“I like the students; they seem very outgoing,” Foley-Morgan said.

“She’s a good teacher,” Joseph Bologna ‘17 said. “She’s really able to connect to her students.”

“The teachers here have helped me get used to how things work. My department is great!” Foley-Morgan said.

Life Skills teacher and football coach Anthony Kiner said, “[The students] really want to learn, they’re really easy to teach.”

Kiner came from LCHS and now is currently teaching Life Skills in the art hallway. “[Teachers] have been really helpful getting me started and I really like this school,” he said.

“I love it here,” Choir teacher Mitchell Osadchuk said. “The students have been so nice.”

“He’s pretty chill and he actually wants to do stuff,” Jazzy Lockridge ’16 said.

This is his ninth year teaching; he used to teach band and choir at Richmond High.

Osadchuk said, “The teachers have definitely helped me get around.” Osadchuk’s room can be found at the end of the band hallway.

“He teaches very well,” Lockridge said.

Mandarin Chinese teacher Yifang Shi said, “It’s so exciting to work here and start a new part of my life.”

Shi is a fresh-from-college teacher instructing Mandarin Chinese in the math hallway. Chinese used to be taught at the Pankow Center, but was moved to LCN and LCHS this school year.

“[The students] made me feel comfortable and they study hard and they help me,” Shi said. “Especially the teachers, Mr. Belfiori helped me the most.”

“She’s authentically Chinese, she grew up in China,” senior Stephanie Karle said.

“She has a firsthand knowledge about the culture and about the language. She’s able to teach us direct information,” Karle said.

These teachers, male or female, American or foreign-born, just add to the broad diversity that is North. If students are enrolled with one of these teachers, or see one in the hall, make sure they are feeling comfortable and welcomed to Crusader Nation.