Teachers and Faculty Say Goodbye to Mountain Vista

This year, Mountain Vista High School will be saying farewell to many retiring teachers and faculty members. There are eight departing teachers and two departing faculty members from the 2014-2015 school year.

Maja Buck

Position: Choir Teacher

How long have you been working at Mountain Vista? How long have you been teaching?

She has worked at Mountain Vista and taught for six years.

What was your best memory at Mountain Vista?

“Anytime I looked up at my students and saw them having an emotional connection with the music we were singing.”

What are you going to miss most?

“Coming into work and being with people that I genuinely love and care about.”

What’s next?

“I will be a stay at home mom, raising my two daughters.”

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Choir teachers Scheher McKasson and Maja Buck pose together for a goodbye photograph.

Schehera McKasson

Position: Choir Teacher

How long have you been working at MVHS? How long have you been teaching?

She has been at Mountain Vista for 14 years taught for 15 years overall.

What was your best memory at Mountain Vista?

“Every year has been a great and grand adventure, but the moments I will treasure are when our program would come together and make beautiful musical moments—whether by candle light under the beautiful Colorado sky or in the Mountain Vista auditorium.”

What are you going to miss most?

“I’m going to miss my family which is comprised of the Mountain Vista staff, students, and community-they have made this an amazing place to work.”

What’s next?

“I’ll be becoming mommy extraordinaire in Orange County, California.”

Kristen Barth

Position: English teacher

How long have you been working at Mountain Vista? How long have you been teaching?

She has taught two years at Vista and substituted for a year beforehand.

What was your best memory at Mountain Vista?

“I work with a really awesome department, so whenever we do stuff together it’s really fun. At the end of the year, we have a lunch at someone’s house and that’s really awesome.

Barth_Kristen“Another one of my favorite memories is that inevitably about five of my freshman make me cry every year when we do the “I Believe” essays. They’re so beautifully honest in their essays and it kills me. That’s something that I’ll never forget about them.

“Also, the kids that I had when they were freshmen or sophomores that are now juniors or seniors, that’s a really cool thing– to see kids and remember them from before. They really mature so much and they change. I wrote in some kid’s yearbook, “You’ve grown so much from an immature freshman and now you’re a really cool kid.” Looking back to see how much students change and grow is amazing.”

What are you going to miss most?

“I’m going to miss the culture and climate of the school the most. I love how much school spirit there is with things like the unified teams and how supportive our school is of all that stuff. Just seeing wish week and how amazing it is at this school and just the really cool things that students have done here is going to be something I really hope I’ll see at my new school, but I’m going to miss so much.

“I’m going to miss my co-workers. As I said, I work in a really cool department with the coolest teachers, like Mr. Newton, who is one of my favorite humans on the planet. It’s going to be really hard to say goodbye to everyone.”

What’s next?  

“I’m moving to Durango, Colorado to teach at Durango High School and I’ll be teaching English still. I just needed a change of scenery and wanted to get out of Denver for a while.”

Kevin Cary

Position: Administrative dean

How long have you been working at Mountain Vista? How long have you been teaching?

He has worked at Mountain Vista for 13 years and has been working for a total of 17 years.

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Kevin Cary, hard at work in his office, finishes some end of the year work.

What was your best memory at Mountain Vista

“The first graduation class that went through all four years and their graduation.  They started so many traditions and were so much fun.”

“I loved being able to coach, I was the head volleyball coach for 6 years and then was able to be Jaffe’s assistant.  I loved being able to go to the state tournament a handful of times and being able to make an impact on their lives.”

What are you going to miss most?

“I will miss the people in the building more than anything else. I have made a lot of friends, but I won’t be too far away.”

What’s next?  

“I am becoming an assistant principle at Rock Canyon.”

Mary Millman

Position: Learning specialist (instructional support service teacher) and varsity women’s volleyball coach

How long have you been working at Mountain Vista? How long have you been teaching?

She has worked at Vista for one year and four altogether.

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Mary Millman and the women’s varsity volleyball team rally together before a match.

What was your best memory at Mountain Vista?

“My best memory at Vista was just getting to know the students, seeing them be successful, passing their classes and seeing what they are going to do next year.”

What are you going to miss most?

“I’m going to miss the relationships with the students, my relationship with the volleyball team and being around the energy of a high school everyday.”

What’s next?  

“I’m opening a real estate office in Illinois. I’ll be a real estate agent and broker and working with my family, so I’m excited for that.”

Zach Deegan

Position: Science teacherDeagan

How long have you been working at MVHS? How long have you been teaching?

He has been teaching at Mountain Vista for two years and thirteen years overall.

What was your best memory at Mountain Vista?

“It would definitely have to be Wish Week.”

What are you going to miss most?

“I’m going to miss my colleagues the most.”

What’s next?

“I’ll be teaching at Rocky Heights.”

Samantha Johnston

Position: Photography teacher

How long have you been working at MVHS? How long have you been teaching?

IMG_2959She has taught for 4 years at Mountain Vista and 12 years overall.

What was your best memory at Mountain Vista?

“My best memory was getting everyone outside to do photography like the Pinhole and Shutter.”

What are you going to miss the most?

“I am going to miss the students the most.”

What’s next?

“I am going to be working on my own work and pursuing a position in the arts.”

Also among retiring and departing teachers or faculty are Kim Frederics, the MVHS psychiatrist; Jan Schaeffer, a member of the counseling department; and Quentin Calvert, a physics teacher at Vista.

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