The Black & White

Clay II students try Raku

Emma Newman '18 cools her burning pot in a tub of water. Students continued to hold the pot in the air as it changes colors from the burning obvara mixture. When the color hits the right shade of brown, __ dunked it under water to make that color stay.

Shabana Gupta, Staff

May 29, 2018

Emily Phillip's Clay II class went on a trip to the Des Moines Art Center to fire their raku pots with the help of professionals. Raku is a technique of 'baking' pots in an extremely hot kiln at about 1650 degrees Fahrenheit. Phillips decided to do a obvara style of firing, where students remove thei...

Chris Beguhn

Shabana Gupta and Kara Green

May 21, 2018

Science teacher Chris Beguhn has been working at Canoyers Garden Center since it opened five years ago. “At the time I just got out of being a club sponsor, and my family was concerned that if I didn’t find something to keep me busy I would just find more jobs for them,” Beguhn said. “They strong...

Katie Black

Shabana Gupta and Kara Green

May 21, 2018

Art teacher Katie Black has been working since age 14 and has always had a second job. She worked at the Des Moines Art Center for seven summers and teaching at the school simultaneously. “I’ve always had to have a second job. There’s only one summer I didn’t, and that was the summer after m...

John Chai

Shabana Gupta and Kara Green

May 21, 2018

Science teacher John Chai instructs strength training once a week at Farrell's eXtreme Bodyshaping and at times subs in for kickboxing. One of the big reasons Chai instructs there is so he is able to go to the gym on a free membership. Recently Chai has been running at a different gym or going outside in...

Dave Oldham

Dave Oldham

Shabana Gupta and Kara Green

May 21, 2018

For the past three years, Oldham has made sure to have a second job for summer lined up before the school year ended. In the past he has worked as a chemistry researcher at Iowa State University and for the Governing STEM council. This summer, Oldham plans to work as a baseball umpire and hopefully a...

Educators in the outside world

Educators in the outside world

Shabana Gupta and Kara Green

May 21, 2018

As kids, we all remember at one point or another we would joke about teachers who lived in the school building. They slept under their desks and ate in the cafeteria. However, as we grew up we realized that this couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, some teachers even have second jobs. ...