New English teacher excited, eager to join WGHS staff

Gretchen Skoglund
Contributing Writer

English teach Margaret Piper-Zamudio instructs her 5th period Freshman Literature and Composition class from a vocabulary book. This is her first year teaching at WGHS. “I get to know [my students] from day one,” she said. “We create an atmosphere of respect and community.” Photo by Gretchen Skoglund

New English teacher Margaret Piper-Zamudio knew WGHS had a different vibe than most schools from the minute she interviewed for a job in the English Department.  

“It’s caring.  It’s supportive.  It’s lively, engaging,” Piper-Zamudio said.  

Growing up in St. Peters and receiving her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Lindenwood University, Piper-Zamudio has been a St. Louisan all her life.  

Piper-Zamudio is a first-year teacher, and her students and coworkers are excited to see what her contributions to the English Department will be.

“I think she will be a great addition,” Rita Chapman, department chair, said.  “She’s going to be very good at connecting with students.”

Along with being interested and involved in the success and wellbeing of her students, Piper-Zamudio admires the skills that English, as a subject, teaches.  

“It’s just a foundational skill: being able to critically think, articulate yourself, and have something worthwhile to say,” Piper-Zamudio says.

Apart from teaching, Piper-Zamudio enjoys reading, relaxing, and spending quality time with her family.  She is eager to learn from others and bring her own fresh perspective to WGHS.

 


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