FHN’s new Spanish teacher Sharon Parkinson


By Morgan Phillips and Maya Helbig

The Francis Howell School District has been dropping teacher positions this year and some teachers have been transferred around. This year, North has gotten a few new additions to the building, including Spanish teacher Sharon Parkinson. 

Parkinson has been teaching for a total of 24 years, and 17 years in the district. She taught at Francis Howell High for most of her teaching career, until this year.

“For transferring in the district, I think North is the best [school] for me to go to,” Parkinson said.

Even though she is new to the building, Parkinson has a lot of experience when teaching and talking to her students. Freshman Weston Peck has Parkinson for Spanish 2 and has liked the class so far.

“On transition day she told us that she was a new teacher, but If I didn’t know that, I wouldn’t think she was because she’s so organized with everything,” Peck said.

With all of the teachers being cut, nobody knows how much longer any of them have left in the district. The teachers don’t know if they’re here for the year or if they’re in it for the long run. 

“I would like to stay,” Parkinson said. “But, that is not in my control.”

Moving schools can be difficult for anyone, even teachers. Welcoming all of FHN’s new students and staff can be important to make sure everyone is a part of the community, making the school year better for everyone.

“If [this school year] goes as it has so far, I think it’s gonna be a great year,” Parkinson said