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Siats is excited to teach at BSM.

Erin Siats – English

In order to sustain a diverse and effective curriculum, the BSM English department hired a new teacher for this year: Ms. Erin Siats. Siats teaches English classes for both the freshmen and the junior high that aim to develop students’ writing skills and build their confidence.

Siats gained the opportunity to come to BSM for this year when her colleague and friend, Paula Leider, left her position here last year and reached out to her with the opportunity to fill her place.  Seizing the opportunity, Siats promptly interviewed with BSM and is happy to have been hired. “Everyone at the school is so welcoming. I Iove the community,” Siats said.

She is also very happy with the classes she teaches, as they all have a similar focus on building foundational reading and writing skills for students, allowing her to reap the benefits of both a teaching schedule with continuity and students of a diverse range of ages from junior high to ninth grade. “The diversity of classes offered here is helpful for everyone,” Siats said.   

The only high school class that Siats is teaching is English Composition, a unique two-period course offered to freshman that she co-leads alongside Ms. Kari Koshiol. “I love it! It’s a whole different dynamic with two teachers in the room. We can do so much more, and Ms. Koshiol is awesome,” Siats said.  

Siats has a passion for teaching English, as she feels it is crucial to success in the world. “It is important for people to feel confident communicating,” Siats said.

Clearly, Siats is enthusiastic about her new teaching opportunities and has set strong goals for the year.  “I want to help each student know they can find success in reading and writing. I also want to become a better teacher too, as the resources here are fabulous,” Siats said.  

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