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The Student News Site of San Luis Obispo High School



“How Three Teachers of San Luis Obispo High School Came To Be”


Within the San Luis Obispo High School campus, there are nearly one hundred full-time teachers that advise the classrooms and its students. Expressions set out to ask a few SLOHS staff members some questions on their experience as a teacher on the San Luis Obispo High School campus.

Expressions: How long have you been a teacher?

English Teacher Jane Hawley: I have been a teacher for seven years. I taught three years of college writing at Texas State University before I came to teach English at San Luis Obispo High School. I’ve been a teacher here [SLOHS] for four years now.

Mathematics Teacher Kyle Fintel: I have been a teacher for fifteen years, eight of them at SLOHS.

Business/Computer Science Teacher Jan Fetcho: I have been a teacher since around 1982, so about thirty-seven years, twenty-six of them at SLOHS.

Expressions: What subjects do you teach?

Hawley: I teach AP English Language and Composition, Creative Writing, AVID, and English 12.

Fintel: I teach precalculus this year, but I have taught Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and precalculus before.

Fetcho: I teach computer science almost exclusively. I also run the apex courses and credit recovery courses.

Expressions: What requirements were necessary for you to become a teacher at SLOHS?

Hawley: Even though I majored in English and have a graduate degree, I also had to take and pass the CSET (California Subject Examinations for Teachers) exams, submit a teaching portfolio to the state, take a year of teaching credential classes, and do one year of student teaching.

Fintel: I needed a degree in mathematics, and I also needed a teaching credential, outside of that, those are the only legal requirements that I can remember. I had to do a health and criminal screening as well. 

Fetcho: You have to have a degree in something. From there, you have to take your teacher preparation courses, which take about a year, and then you need to do your student teaching, which takes two quarters [that is almost another year]. You also have to pass a couple of tests that the state requires.

Expressions: What is your favorite thing about being a teacher at SLOHS?

Hawley: My favorite part of teaching at SLOHS are the students and working with my fellow staff members. I became a teacher because I love to encourage others to achieve their goals.

Fintel: Honestly, it is working with the youth. If you treat students and kids well, they will often treat you well in return. Fetcho: My favorite part is when a student goes “ohhh I get it.”

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