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Student Teacher Profiles

 

 

by Jessica Wong

 

  This school year, there are seven student teachers at Lincoln. The student teachers have learned from their master teachers (teachers who mentor them) and are each currently teaching two classes at Lincoln. Often times, student teachers are known only by their own students. These short profiles of the student teachers are to introduce you to them and give you a sense of who they are.

 

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   Adam Beebe teaches Art 2 and Ceramics for Mr.Alter and Ms.Schell and is taking three classes at SF State. He wants to be a teacher because of the satisfaction he gets out of it. He’s been inspired by his students’ energy and enthusiasm at Lincoln and feels that student teaching is very rewarding.

 
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   David Frischer is a former Lincoln student who student teaches Ms.Fernandez’s 9th grade biology class and Ms.Reis’ physiology class. Outside of school, he teaches an insulin pump class for new diabetics at Kaiser South San Francisco once a month. He wants to become a teacher because he loves the challenge of teaching students. When he becomes a teacher, he’d like to teach physiology because he’s interested in the ideas and topic of the field.

 
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   Emily Felenstein teaches two biology classes for Ms.Mariotti and Mr.K.C. Jones. She graduated from Del Oro High School in Loomis, CA and is also taking classes at SF State. She decided that she wanted to become a teacher only three years ago after volunteering at Horace Mann Middle School. She thinks being a student teacher at Lincoln is awesome and has learned a lot about high school students, saying “The students at Lincoln are the best!” 

 
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   Former Lincoln student Louis Ng student teaches Algebra and Advanced Algebra under Ms.Fong. He attends SF State and likes to play video games and listen to music in his free time. “Seeing the ‘I get it’ moment is very satisfying,” says Ng. From teaching at Lincoln, he’s learned to explain topics more clearly, be more responsible, and be organized. He describes being a student teacher and a student as stressful, as there is a lot of work to do, but he loves getting to see students try harder and put more effort into their work. 

 
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   Haley Fauth student teaches two English classes under Mr.Sylvester and Ms.Gladding. A Bay Area native, she graduated from Washington High School in Fremont and is currently a full-time student at SF State. For her, the best part of student teaching at Lincoln is getting to learn so much about her students. Although nerve-wracking at first, student teaching has become a lot of fun for her.

 
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   Catalina Atria-Alamos teaches AP Spanish Literature for Ms.Baldwin and Spanish 3 / 4 for Mr.Rovo. She attended Saint George’s College in Santiago, Chile and is currently taking three classes at SF State. Living abroad changed her life and made her realize that she wanted to be a teacher. She says, “To me, the most important aspect of teaching is a type of social service; you have to love working with teenagers (or middle or elementary school kids) to do this. I enjoy the idea of being part of someone’s life, hopefully beyond teaching Spanish. I think good teachers help parents and guardians raise young people to be world-class citizens, preparing them for what lies ahead in their lives.” Having no experience in American high schools before coming to Lincoln, Atria found that it is far different from stereotypes of public schools and is impressed by all the events, academies, and organizations that our school has to offer its students. She finds that the key to being able to juggle the overwhelming work of high school and college is being organized. “The good part about student-teaching is that you have time to learn, observe other teachers, see interesting techniques and strategies, and watch student-teacher interaction in class,” she says. 

 
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   Richard Cheung is a native of San Francisco and attended Thurgood Marshall High School before going to UC Santa Barbara. He’s currently enrolled at the teaching credential program at SF State. He teaches Ms.Falls’ 12th grade English and Mr.Ruffolo’s 9th grade English classes. His goal in teaching is to “plant seeds of knowledge in the youth,” hoping that they will change their communities someday in a positive way. While student teaching at Lincoln, he’s observed the dedication of our teachers and looked up to them as role models. By teaching, Cheung says he’s learned that it is all about adapting and changing to students’ needs. 

 

"Breaking Down BSA"

by Dennis Chang

The Brotherhood Sisterhood Assembly is seen by many clubs as a time to shine and show the school community what they can do. What many ALHS students don’t see is the massive amounts of time and effort that go into making BSA possible.

This year, twenty-six clubs performed, totalling over two hundred student performers. Many students only see the BSA once every year, but students actually involved in BSA know that the entire show is done at least four times during that one week of performances, with two shows for the student body, one show for middle school visitors, and one show for families. Not to mention how many times the show is practiced and rehearsed!

Even though the show was only about one-and-a-half hours long, and each club had only three minutes to perform, for many clubs, preparation  began way back. “Like finding a dance and learning and teaching and costume design and searching and creating?” said Japanese Club President Jennifer Jeong,” [I’ve been preparing] since winter break…so maybe three months total?”

“I started working on the dance pretty early on, in the summer before senior year...so pretty early.” said Korean Club President Yevin Cho. “I had to have auditions for fan dance because I could only take 14 girls. It was pretty intense.” 

Besides participating in the show with the Korean Club, Cho was also one the two BSA student coordinators, along with Jackie Huang. “There was so much behind the scene work for BSA; indeed more than anyone could possibly imagine,” said Huang. “From planning meetings with adults to planning meetings with club reps, we had to send out notes, reminders, take notes, look at calendars. It gets pretty crazy.”

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As the BSA came closer, coordinating the big event was not without challenge. “A big problem was being as clear as possible without sounding mean. We needed things to be done and done both on time and correctly, with the stress and responsibility of the whole world on our shoulders it was hard to not just lash out and get angry at things or people,” said Huang. “We had to deal with so many people and so many different situations. Jokingly Yevin and I even talked about one of us being bad cop and the other being good cop.” Logistical complications and constant meetings filled the coordinators’ schedules. “I have a whole binder full of logistics,” said Christine Eng, English teacher and one of the adult leads in the BSA along with Rosemary Kamkar and Elaine Walenta. “It’s really a long process that involves a great deal of coordination and cooperation.”

BSA was made to bring the Lincoln community together for a meaningful show of culture and identity throughout the school. Once BSA was completed, the participants had potluck to further create that community feeling. “Our PTSA rocks,” said Eng, “and they -- along with all the BSA performers -- contributed to one awesome meal that represents the diversity that’s so rich at our school.”

“Just being a part of a diverse community really showed me that we are all different in culture yet we can come together for one great cause,” said Cho. “Watching the finale for the first time was mind blowing as well. In the previous three years I’ve always been in the finale, but watching it from the side as a coordinator was really great; it almost made me cry. Ultimately, planning this great event was just an amazing experience.”

"Teen pregnancy could have an effect on YOU"

 

by Maiya Wilson

 

   Teen pregnancy is an epidemic that many teens face across the country. The United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the world. According to The Center of Disease Control, one-third of girls will become pregnant before the age of 20. Eight out of en teen pregnancies are not intentional or planned, and 81 percent are unmarried teens. 

     Teen mothers are more likely to drop out of high school and remain single parents. Over the years, teen sexual activity has reduced. Teens are waiting longer to engage in sexual activities. The average teen has intercourse for the first time at the age of 17. But despite the decline in rates of teen pregnancy in the U.S, about 820,000 teens become pregnant each year.

     The United States spends about $7 billion dollars each year on teen pregnancy. The majority of tens mothers, after becoming a teen parent, will apply for welfare. Daughters of teen mothers have a 22 percent chance of ending up pregnant compared to their peers. Teen pregnancy rates range primarily between teens of the ages of 15-17. 25 percent of teen mothers have a second child within two years of the birth of their first child.

    Over the years at Abraham High School, there have been a number of pregnancies. The school’s principal Barnaby Payne believes that teen pregnancy should not interfere with the student’s education. Payne follows through with the district policy by allowing any pregnant student to stay at school to continue their education for as long as they need. “Education is key; no student should not be granted the opportunity of receiving education that is provided for them,” said Payne.

     Jen Kenny-Baun, the Wellness Center Coordinator, helps provide a safe community at Lincoln for teen parents to continue school. “Apart of what we do here at the Wellness Center is meet with the students, talk to them about what their options are, and we try to give them support with whatever they choose,” says Kenny-Baun in referring to what the Wellness Centers contribution to teen parents. “Whenever there is an unplanned pregnancy it’s always a hard decision for a young woman to figure out what she wants to do….no matter what. Any choice is hard.” 

     Lincoln provides a safe community for all of the students that attend school and will not discriminate against anyone in any circumstances.

 

      Teen pregnancy is 100% preventable and can impact anyone’s life.

K & A Advice Column

 

Dear Advice Column,

My boyfriend barely talks to me now and is always texting other people while we are on the phone. Help! What should I do? I want him to stop it and love me again…

-Distressed and Unloved

 

Don’t feel pressured by his actions, and don’t overthink things that may not even be true. Once you start to ponder things that may not even exist, such as the conclusion you made about him not loving you, you will gain more stress and frustration, and these feelings could create worse situations for your problem. 

For example, if your boyfriend texts people while you two are on the phone, do not assume he does not love you if it is causing your conversations to become boring or he seems too careless to talk to you. What if these messages are something very important… something he can’t tell you because it is too personal, or he is too afraid? What if he is dealing with a friend with a very severe problem, or even planning something for you? 

Give it some time before you decide to jump the gun and heat up the situation. Make sure he doesn’t take it the wrong way. Speak up when he doesn’t; express your thoughts and feelings to him when you feel unloved or ignored, and just keep your faith. If your love/faith for him falls apart because of this, the situation could get even more heated than the little fire it started out with! You don’t want to create a bigger problem! 

Calmly and surely approach him with how you’re reacting to this, and let him know how much this is bothering you. Call him at a time when you are both free and have all the time in the world to talk about anything, even if it takes as long as reading the Declaration a thousand times until every word has stayed with you. If you can’t call him, send him a text. Don’t ask to talk, BEGIN to talk. Even if your words begin to scramble and don’t make sense, if you lock up the pain and the annoying things bothering you, then the frustration will build up and burst out of you when it feels you have no sense of controlling it. Do what you have to do to let him know and understand. If he stays silent, don’t back down, but be sure to manage yourself. If he chooses to not speak or say anything to even touch the subject, don’t assume it’s unimportant to him… Continue to pursue the emotions and the problem because if you set this problem aside I can guarantee you’ll go nowhere. Lastly, keep sight of your future faith and what your anger may cause with your relationship.

There is always the issue though, of you being right about your boyfriend. Maybe his feelings have changed towards you, and in many cases it’s better to accustom yourself to that and move on from the stress and ugly emotions he is putting onto you. Personally, I have no problems with staying friends with my exes, but in certain situations that’s not the case. If you aren’t one of these people who can immediately accept friendship, the best thing to do is live for yourself. His ignorance cannot continue to be an issue for you. You, like many of us, have enough things to be concerned about as it is. Sadly, in life, we lose people, and sometimes there isn’t much we can do to change that. We can fight, but we may be fighting for a lost cause. Embrace yourself, and the situation, and with a strong and firm heart, keep your head high, and be hopeful for the best, but prepare for the worst. 

 

 

Dear Advice Column,

I’m new at this school, and I don’t have any friends. Is there anything I could do that could help me make friends?

-Lonely and Friendly

 

Personally, I thought AOIT’s BSA video was a very helpful guide on making friends. The video was a story of two kids. Both students tended to come to school late, and felt outcasted from the rest of the school. Two of their friends helped them become more a part of the Lincoln community by participating in extracurricular activities that the school offers. I believe that it all depends on how badly you want to be a part of the community, certain social group, or have certain friends. 

I understand it sucks being lonely especially when you have so much to offer, so the best thing to do is GET INVOLVED! Put yourself out there! To fear or not to fear… don’t fear! Start saying hello to the people who sit around you in your classes; start small talk; be talkative to your teachers and people in the hallway. Even a smile or a little wave could get you started on making new friends. Make time during lunch to visit clubs and meet their members. Notify and prepare yourself when Lincoln has any kind of sports games or activities and show off your school spirit! Use your friendly skills to get the friends you deserve. Step out of the shadows! Approach strangers! (At school, of course… you don’t want to be making ‘friends’ that have you under their shoe screaming for your Smartphone) Even complimenting someone on their hair or shoes in the bathroom can help you make friends. Start small talking! Your friendliness is like a magic carpet that will take you to a whole new world! Put yourself out there, and good luck!

 

 

 

Yo Advice Column,

I’ve liked this girl in my class since, like, freshman year…I’m a senior now, and I’ve never told her. Is there something girls look for in a man? Should I tell her? Will I ruin our friendship?

-In Love and Scared

 

I can assure you that every person in this world who really wants something and knows they want something wants something that is 100% REAL: No preservatives, no artificial colors, and no fake personalities. Let’s say you walk into Burger King and you notice the patties in your double Whopper have giant gooey pores on them. What are you gonna do? Are you gonna say, “Mmm, yummy! Fungus!”? No! You’re going to yell ‘ew’ and take a picture of it and upload it on Facebook and rage about how disgusting your trip to Burger king was. 

This is similar to confessing your feelings to someone you are attracted to. If you’re a guy who digs computers and enjoys destroying monkey robots on your handheld video game device and you approach this girl as a musical Romeo who plays 87 different instruments, after a couple weeks she will be ranting to her friends and anywhere else she can rant about how you fooled her and pretended to be someone you’re not. After years of being attracted to her, it may be tempting to do anything to be accepted by her, but trust me, it won’t be worth it. 

The best thing to win a girl’s heart, in my mind, is charm. Seduce this girl with smiles and jokes. Be kind, sincere, and sensitive with her. Start conversations with her and make them lead to talking about her. You can’t make this girl fall completely in love with you, but by expressing your feelings towards her, showing you’re interested, will give her the sense that you care about her, and she will start to enjoy your presence and the conversations you have together. If you see that she gets too uncomfortable with how you are treating her, back down! Sometimes it’s better to just stay friends.

 

Mustang Teacher Spotlight

 

by Kimberly Alvarado

 

Fan Fang and Paul Cameli are two very ambitious teachers at Abraham Lincoln High School. While one teaches English, the other teaches health, and they are very different from each other. 

 

Born in Guangzhou, China, Fang enjoyed a somewhat normal rural life. He lived happily with many friends in his neighborhood, going to school near his home. His family was labeled and treated as ‘untouchable’ because his father had been imprisoned and thrown into a labor camp by Chinese Red Guards. The reason for imprisonment was because of Fang’s grandfather, who was a retired Nationlist soldier residing in Taiwan at the time. “I could not be recognized because of my family. Red Guards could break into our house at any time and took anything they liked saying that those things would belong to Capitalists and should be removed, including money, of course. I was happy because most of my friends ignored the authorities and did not discriminate against me and we played together.”

Living in fear, Fang’s mother tended to keep her son hidden from going outside, worried that, if Red Guards were out on the street, he would be killed by them. He was not the only thing his mother hid from the Red Guards. She also hid many novels and books under her bed, which was how Mr. Fang learned to read. He read many Chinese classics, and translated Russian, English, and American novels. 

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   Mr. Fang also has many talents, and these talents include fortune telling, calligraphy and brush painting, ping pong, music, the English language, and carpentry. He learned these talents from many local masters of his neighborhood. Almost all of his teachers, though, were detained by the government for false accusations or refusing to obey authorities. As a young boy, he wanted to become a biologist, but later his aim was to become a teacher, “Both of my parents were teachers, and they inspired me a lot, especially my father. Even in the labor camp, he was trying to teach the local peasants to grow sugar canes and peanuts rather than rice plants so that they could sell those to earn more money. I truly believe that teaching can change someone’s life.”

   Finally, Mr. Fang finds UFOs and histories of civilizations very fascinating, “I like UFOs and believe many generations of civilization existed before our current civilization.” He started his UFO research at age fifteen, and throughout the years has still kept his interest alive by reading conspiracy theory books and watching science fiction movies. He also was inspired by his culture, and said, “It might reflect people’s view of the universe, just like ancient Chinese people viewed patterns of the universe through their study of Yi-Ching, and the philosophy about how heaven, earth and human are related.”  

Other than this Mr. Fang enjoys activites like cooking, computer games, and traveling.

 

 

 

From Chicago, Illinois, Mr. Cameli was the 4th of five children living in a working class, Italian-American home. Attending mass every week, eating meat and watching television for four hours a day, he found it pretty typical for his surroundings. There was just one problem, he said, “…I was frequently unhappy.  I was often bothered about things no one else even noticed.  It was kind of maddening.” 

   He enjoys animals, reading, music, old Hollywood movies, and collecting stamps. He believes he knows more about geography then many adults born in the 50s.

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Mr. Cameli’s interests have still been kept alive through his adulthood and his life. Writing has remained one of his hobbies, and almost a lifestyle. He plays guitar and has started on the ukelele and the dulcimer. Mr. Cameli’s interest in music has expanded and he specializes in music over 100 years old. His passion for animals is still alive, and he tells me, “I keep fish, although not at the moment.  (My five year old goldfish, Jane, died this month, and I’m sort of giving it some time....) “ You can find Mr. Cameli in thrift stores, or reading current news. He enjoyed the 20th century and misses it very much.

   This fascinating ninth grade English teacher never planned on being a teacher, he told me, “Teachers were the enemy”, as he believed as a younger person. Now that he has become a part of the teaching society, he enjoys the human relationship between teacher and student, as well as the academic and intellectual activities involved in the curriculum What many may find odd about this teacher is that his knowledge on technology is not as ‘regular’ as the rest of us. He believes there are many people who share this too, “… there are tons of people like me once you walk outside of this school, believe me.  Well, maybe not tons, but scores, or at least dozens.”

 

 

We are lucky to have two great 

teachers in our Lincoln community, with lives worth knowing more about. Hopefully they have a great summer too! Take care!