Science teacher Paul Schillio has said his first year at Gull Lake High School as a teacher is “awesome.”
“So far this is amazing,” Schillio said. “I feel great.”
This is his 15th year in education, with nine years at St. Joseph High School, and five years at Battle Creek Central.
Schillio switched from Battle Creek Central to Gull Lake because he felt that Gull Lake offered more opportunities.
“I especially liked the modeling curriculum that Mr. Santa Maria had started here in Gull Lake,” he said. “It gave me an opportunity to do something different that I enjoyed.”
Schillio said that he feels respected, and he already feels connected to students and staff.
Schillio said that Gull Lake differs from Battle Creek Central because of the values that Gull Lake places on higher education.
“The struggles that every school has are different,” he said.
Schillio said he hopes that his students understand that education can be enjoyable, even if they have teachers who they don’t get along with.
But it’s the collaboration with the science department that’s his favorite part of teaching here. Schillio said that he feels really supported, and he likes that he can try new things.
His biggest struggle so far is continually designing lessons that get content across, but designing something that students can also engage in.
“It takes a lot of time and thought, but because I have a department that supports really well, we can get it done well,” he said. “It just takes a lot of work to do.”