The following piece was published in the August 2016 print edition of the Prep News.
Every year, Rockhurst High School welcomes new members to its faculty and staff. This year, the staff has gained multiple teachers with experience in many fields.
While many of these new teachers are brand new to Rockhurst’s community, several have previously spent time here. Returning after a year in the Alumni Service Corps are Mr. Evan Niebur and Mr. Alan Ratermann. Mr. Ratermann will be teaching sections of freshman and junior English. He will also be coaching swim and dive and serving as a moderator of the Human Dignity Club. In addition to teaching freshman theology and working with the Pastoral Ministry, Mr. Niebur will also be helping the Outdoors Club as a moderator.
“I felt welcomed and supported by the vibrant community that Rockhurst continues to foster. As a premier college preparatory high school in Kansas City and a great place to work and serve, I am thrilled to be at Rockhurst for a second year,” Mr. Niebur said. “I’m really looking forward to directing the Camping Retreat and teaching freshmen.”
Another new teacher who is no stranger to Rockhurst is Mr. Bob Barth. Mr. Barth took over as Rockhurst’s swim and dive coach last year. With over two decades of teaching and coaching experience, Mr. Barth is now joining the staff full time as a history teacher.
“After coaching the swimming and diving team last year, I am very excited about the opportunity to be at Rockhurst full time,” Mr. Barth said. “I am blessed with this opportunity, and I look forward to both the personal and professional relationships with such a welcoming and talented staff.”
Rockhurst also welcomes Mrs. Kim Brown, Mrs. Emily Lane and Fr. Daniel Tesvich, SJ.
Mrs. Brown will be joining the guidance counseling office. An Independence native, Mrs. Brown has a Bachelors of Psychology and Masters of Social Work. She has spent time in both the Olathe school district and St. Thomas More grade school.
“Being the mother of two boys I have always had admiration for the high expectations Rockhurst provides and I personally value the ‘men for others’ philosophy,” Mrs. Brown said. “I am feeling very blessed to be part of the Rockhurst team.”
Mrs. Lane is from the Kansas City area and will be teaching all of the French courses. She strives to get to know her students and make French more real and relevant to them. Additionally, she will be serving as the moderator for the French Club, but has made it a personal goal to make it a student driven club.
“I have a lot of respect and admiration for Jesuit education, and I am excited to create some challenging curricula to help make all of my students more career and college ready,” Mrs. Lane said. “As for French Club, I believe that the club belongs to the students, not to me. I want to meet with its members and discuss their interests and their vision for our organization.”
Fr. Tesvich has spent lots of time around Jesuit education, namely his three years teaching at Dallas Jesuit during his time of formation previous to his theology studies. Fr. Tesvich especially looks forward to being a part of the retreat program and celebrating the Eucharist with the Rockhurst community.
“All Jesuit works strive toward excellence, but in the high schools there is an opportunity to maximize our good work by having a positive impact on the development of the young at their most crucial stage of development,” he said.
Each individual looks to bring their skills to the Rockhurst community and ultimately make it an even better place.