KVHS welcomes new teachers

Eric Hansen – Assistant Principal

1. What is your educational background?
BA History Minor Classical Studies, CSU Fresno

2. Where are you from?
Taft

3. List five adjectives that describe yourself.
Inveterate, fecund, effulgent, redolent, trenchant.

4. When did you decide to become a teacher, and why did you choose this field?
I became a teacher because I thought it would be a rewarding way to serve the community, and as an administrator I have not changed my mind – it is very rewarding.

5. What is your favorite subject to teach? Why?
I love teaching Economics because of its complexity and its real world application.

6. What do you think is the greatest challenge facing students today?
The greatest challenge facing students today is the lure of unhealthy activities.

7. What do you hope to learn from your students this year?
As an administrator, I hope to provide all of the necessary resources our teachers need so that we can provide an excellent education and opportunities for our students.


Henry Wise – Dean of Students

1. What is your educational background?
Started Coaching High School Basketball at Foothill High 1990, I think (4 years). Went to Highland to coach Basketball (2 years) moved to West (1 Year), Ridgeview (1 year), East (15 years), then South High (3 years). Started teaching at East High as an opportunity teacher (4 Years). Became Full Time Assistant Dean of students and Testing Director (3 years). Dean of Students South High (2 Years). Assistant Principal South High (2 Years). Now here I am at Kern Valley as the Dean of Students.

2. Where are you from?
Chula Vista, California.

3. List five adjectives that describe yourself.
A. Loyal; B. Fun; C. Silly; D. Forgiving; E. Timely.

4. When did you decide to become a teacher, and why did you choose this field?
I want to say I was about 30 years old. My high school basketball coach thought it was my calling. I reenrolled in college the next day.

5. What is your favorite subject to teach? Why?
Opportunity; I get to be with the same kids all day. It makes teaching fun when you get to know your kids that well.

6. What do you think is the greatest challenge facing students today?
Social media and peer pressure.

7. What do you hope to learn from your students this year?
I hope to learn more about myself through the kids.


April Hersom – Special Education

I am April Hersom and this is my first year with Kern Valley High School but my second year teaching. I am a Ridgecrest transplant who has been here in the valley since February of 2017. I love teaching, volunteering, and being in the outdoors.


Casey Robinson – Mathematics

1. What is your educational background?
Graduated from KV HS in 1991 (Go Broncs!!) Then attended UC Santa Barbara studying Environmental Science with a minor in Mechanical Engineering, graduating in 1996. Earned my Mathematics teaching credential from CSUB in 1999, then earned my Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from CSUB in 2017.

2. Where are you from?
I am a Kern Valley native having family roots going back into the early 1800s.

3. List five adjectives that describe yourself.
Motivated, focused, driven, athletic, and empathetic.

4. When did you decide to become a teacher, and why did you choose this field?
After completing my undergraduate education at UC Santa Barbara, I returned to the valley to make a positive impact and give something back to the community that helped lift me out of poverty. I believe that providing the highest quality educational opportunities for our youth is the single most empowering thing we can do for our community and society as a whole. My personal experiences, belief in the academic abilities of our young adults, and conviction that KVHS has one of best school environments available motivate me to do the very best I can on a daily basis!

5. What is your favorite subject to teach? Why?
I truly enjoy teaching higher level mathematics courses and Physics (aka: applied mathematics). I was the Physics teacher at Kern Valley when I previously worked here until 2008, during which time my students excelled and proved that KVHS can produce well-prepared and competitive individuals despite being a small school.

6. What do you think is the greatest challenge facing students today?
In a nutshell, the greatest challenge for today’s youth are facing the complexities of the current world environment and understanding just how competitive adult life is going to be. This includes being competitive with their peers for jobs in an extremely fast-changing workforce and college education system.

7. What do you hope to learn from your students this year?
I’m excited to learn about my students’ view of the world from their perspective; what can I do to be a better teacher to meet their needs? What do they believe society’s highest priorities should be? How can we take steps toward addressing these priorities (planning)?


Joe Martin – English

1. What is your educational background?
I have a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in English Literature from California State University, Bakersfield.

2. Where are you from?
I was born and raised here in the Kern River Valley

3. When did you decide to become a teacher, and why did you choose this field?
I decided to become a teacher while in college. As a tutor, I enjoyed (and still do enjoy) seeing students have that “aha” moment when they finally understand something after struggling with it for a while.

4. What is your favorite subject to teach? Why?
I enjoy teaching literature and composition. In literature, I get to expose students to new and important ideas. In composition, I get to help students express their own ideas more effectively.


Robert Lewy – Geology, Physics, Earth Science & Chemistry

1. What is your educational background?
Education background: BS, MS Geology.

2. Where are you from?
Originally from Bakersfield, 14 years with Atlantic Richfield as a Geologist with the Western District Exploration Division. 25 years at East Bakersfield High School teaching Physical Sciences.

3. When did you decide to become a teacher, and why did you choose this field?
Became a science teacher at East Bakersfield High. This allowed me to stay in one location and still be engaged in the sciences.

4. What is your favorite subject to teach? Why?
I enjoy teaching geology, chemistry and physics because they are all connected.

5. What do you think is the greatest challenge facing students today?
The greatest challenge for students is to recognize early on the need for education in order to take advantage of opportunities as they arise.

6. What do you hope to learn from your students this year?
I will learn from my student’s better ways to do my job.