Park High teachers talk summer plans

Hope Angelica

Call them summer’s short timers.

As the end of another school year nears, both students’ and teachers’ thoughts head to plans for the warm months to come.

Students at Park High School believe that teachers continue living normally, attend conferences, drink more and wait for students to return.

“They probably get another job or vacation with their kids,” said Sarah Haines, a now graduated Park High School senior, joking that “perhaps, they have a summer-long sleepover in the gym.”

Teachers’ plans range from attending “coaches clinic,” graduate school and basketball camps to staying with kids, “hanging with the dog,” mountain running and climbing, finding a summer job and living on the river.

Some, like Nathaniel Mussetter who teaches math, will be finishing a master’s degree or taking college classes such as Reid Lende, who teaches business.

World languages teacher Daniel McGrath said he is overwhelmed with busy summer plans.

“I’m going to North Carolina right after school gets out and then flying to Spain with 14 students for three weeks,” McGrath said. “After that, I am flying to Philadelphia to take family back to Montana.”

He described his summer as being “an absolute domestic nightmare,” adding “I have two kids under the age of 6.

Also with many plans, social studies teacher Bill Shannon said, “I will garden and I volunteer at the Depot. I’m a sales rep for a photographer which means I will travel around the Yellowstone area. In late August, I will be going to Texas for my nephew’s wedding. In San Antonio, I will go to see the Alamo and the River Walk.”

Instrumental music teacher Garrett Stannard, whose youthful energy is said to make his class the best part of the day for some students, plans to be outside as much as possible with his dog, Chinook.

Nancy Curtis, the spirited choral music director, joked “I will spend a week on the lake with the Wisconsin loons... and I’m not referring to my family.”

English teacher Kelly Dick is looking forward to reading and spending tim on the river, paddle boarding.

“Prospecting, picnicking, and preschool parkour,” Dick said, summing up his summer.

Visual arts teacher Raeann Nilan has perhaps the least structured schedule for her summer away from Park High School.

Nilan sees that as a good thing, as she will find time to relax and let the summer unfold naturally.

“I have no plans which makes it even better... except a few camping trips and making pottery and jewelry,” she said.

“Reading books is the only vacation I need,” said Kate Lende, Park High School librarian, after telling about her family trip to Oregon and Washington.

Teachers are not the only faculty members with busy summer plans. Park High School Principal Lynne Scalia has several projects planned, like completing a community presentation.

“In addition to having more time for trail running, gardening and spending time with family and friends who like to visit Montana in the summer, I was invited to do an externship for a few days with Blackhawk in order to gain insight into their processes of root cause analysis and complex project planning. Through our work at PHS in community-based learning with Greater Gallatin manufacturers, I’ve gotten to learn about processes that would be useful in helping our work in the school district,” Scalia said.