By Haley Short
Kayla Walling has taught at Princeton for three years, however she will wrap up her final year of teaching geometry and world history as the 2015 school year comes to an end.
Walling will be the third student counselor at the school and will oversee the middle of the alphabet.
She has taught for seven years. However, with the high school’s attendance at approximately 1,025 students, the addition of another counselor is needed.
“I will definitely miss teaching. The reason I got into teaching is because during tutoring I saw students finally grasp concepts and that got me hooked into teaching,” Walling said. “But, with the help of the amazing staff at Princeton, I’m really excited to become a student counselor.”
Getting to see students grasp concepts and ideas was Walling’s motivation to become a teacher. Though teaching might have been her passion, connecting with students and making an impact on their lives was her real goal.
“I had a really good counselor in high school that I bonded with my senior year,” Walling said. “And just working with her closely it influenced me to become a counselor. To see where she was working with students and how it made an impact on their lives made me want to become a counselor as well.”
The new counselor was also a sponsor for PALs, Peer Assistance and Leadership, and will not being playing an immediate role in the program in the upcoming school year.
“I’m a little disappointed that I will not be able to be as involved in the PALs program as I was,” Walling said. “I still get to oversee parts of the program, but I won’t get participate as much as I did.”
Though Walling will be leaving the PALs program, Matthew Riggins, U.S. and world history teacher, will lead the program with Maribel Alvarado.
“I know Ms. Walling will miss PALs, but I’m really excited to be in charge of the program this year,” Riggins said. “I can’t wait for Mrs. Alvarado and I to revamp this program.”
Leaving teaching might be a difficult challenge for Walling, however, she will move on to help students cope with life’s hardships and how to understand life’s concepts.
“I know for sure I’ll miss teaching,” Walling said. “But getting this opportunity to connect with students on a more personal level will be very interesting and I’m grateful to be a part of the student counseling staff.”
Haley Short is a PHS Journalism student and the story above is being featured as her final project.