By: Ayla Valone
The new school year has brought in many new students, along with new teachers, and that makes us all question who they are and what they’re like. As some of you may or may not know, Eisenhower welcomed a new art teacher this year, who replaced Mr. Allenson after his retirement.
Mr. Pollard was kind enough to sit down and answer The Squire’s questions, helping us learn a little bit more about this new staff member
The Squire: What made you decide you wanted to become an art teacher?
Mr. Pollard: I have been an artist and musician my whole life. My parents were both artistic; my mother was also a musician. It is important to me that young people find a healthy way to express their thoughts and feelings; the Arts are a great way to do that.
TS: What stood out to you the most about our school when you first came here?
Mr. P: I had been to Eisenhower a number of times in my previous role in the district. I always felt welcome. The students and the faculty seem to really care about each other and their school.
TS: Why did you choose your job here at Eisenhower?
Mr. P: My wife and I recently adopted our son, James, who started school here last year. I liked the idea of getting to work in the same school he attended.
TS: Are you enjoying your time here at Eisenhower? Why?
Mr. P: I am really enjoying my job here. I see students in grades K-12, which makes for a very interesting day. I get to do a variety of projects. I am a weaver in my spare time and I am very excited to be able to teach Fiber Arts next semester!
TS: What’s the most difficult thing about your job?
Mr. P: The most difficult thing about my job at the moment is that I am right-handed and recently had surgery on my right shoulder. Using my left hand and being a full-time Art teacher for the first time has been “interesting.”
TS: Is your new job everything you hoped to be and why?
Mr. P: The job is everything I hoped it would be. I am enjoying being part of a small school community. I am enjoying meeting so many new people. James may not agree, but I really like getting to be in the same school with him.
TS: What other classes or grades have you taught?
Mr. P: I began my teaching career at Market Street Elementary in Grade Four. I taught Grade Five the first year Warren Area Elementary opened, and have spent the last 14 years teaching Gifted Support, at what was once called the Learning Enrichment Center (LEC).
It’s important that we know at least a little bit about one another here at Eisenhower, and we are lucky to have such a great asset to our art program! The Squire is glad to see that Mr. Pollard is enjoying his new job. If you see him in the hallways, make sure you tell him hello and make him feel welcome. We would like to wish you the best of luck for the years to come.