Honoring Women at EHS
ZEYNEP KACAN ‘26 and ARIELIS CANELA ‘23
Generally, when most people think of heroic women, they think of well-known figures such as Malala Yousafzai, Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. But why don’t we think of the heroic women who inspire us everyday at the Eagle’s Nest?
In the spirit of Women’s History Month, The Eagle’s Eye staff roamed the halls, asking the EHS community about the women they admire and look up to.
Carleny Paulino Reyes ‘23
I know for a fact that the woman that most inspires me in the EHS community is my junior physics teacher Ms. Kaur. Because she always put so much meticulous care into her lessons and made our projects engaging and fun. Period. Also, she takes time after and before and during school to help students if needed. I remember at the end of the school year, she threw a party and made each student their o...
Pedro Vieria ‘23
Ms. Newbold, cause she’s cool, I think.
Malak Mafarjeh ‘23
I would say Ms. Ledda. It’s not ‘inspired,’ more like ‘admired.’ She’s always running around helping different people. Even though she has a busy schedule, she is always running around helping people
Gracia Permana ‘23
Martha Pinto, she is just the nicest woman here.
Alexandra Barragan ‘23
Ms. Heath, I look up to her because she does cooking right, and she’s really patient and anytime I have a concern, she would help you the best she can and she’s a really good cooking teacher. Basically she’s really helpful and caring.
Brian Vincent ‘24
Epherata Dawit, I admire them.
Laila Palacios ‘24
I really admire Simone since she’s really good with public speaking—the way she…is really confident about herself. I really admire her for that.
Grace Lopez ‘25
I would say Ms. Jimenez cause she is compassionate and cares about her students.
Zachary Hrehowsik ‘26
Probably Ms. Blarr. She helps students and is interactive and if you are struggling with something she will help you. She’s caring.
Ms. Lydia Bachorik, Business teacher
A woman in the EHS community who I admire would be, since retired, Mrs. Kinder. She was always bubbly and energetic. She cared for her students and wanted to make sure we all excelled in what we were doing. Our class had so many different personalities. She was able to keep us motivated and all bonded. It was very hard to get Mrs. Kinder upset. She also cared about us in our other classes too....
Señora Alexandra Van de Wetering, Spanish teacher
I’m thinking I want to shout to Ms Himmelstein !! Because she was an English teacher here and became our vice principal. I like how she handles herself as a hard working mom to beautiful boys and comes in as a strong, fair leader and takes care of our school, kids and teachers. She always has a good attitude and a smile on her face. Makes your work environment so much nicer!...
Ms. Lynn Dodd-Harris, Math teacher
When I met Mrs. Gonczi, she was in the 8th grade at Herbert Hoover and I was a 1st year 7th grade teacher. That was 22 years ago, and my impression of her then has not changed one bit. She is one of the hardest working, enthusiastic, and dedicated teachers at EHS. Even when she is having a bad or stressful day, (which for teachers can be 3-4 times a week), she has an infinite amount of patience ...
Mr. Pat McCaffery, English teacher
One of the women in the EHS community I admire quite a lot is Mrs. Frey. I think she is a wonderful person, friend, colleague, and professional, who works tirelessly for her students, her community, and her family. Her ideas about education are intelligent. Her dedication is admirable. Her care for her community is inspiring.
Mr. Stan Balewitz, wood shop teacher
I had a student a long time ago. Her name was Melissa Nieves. She went to NJIT right after here and graduated with her master’s in 5 years. So I was really happy with her, you know. I was just impressed with what she did and how she worked hard to get what she wanted.
Ms. Aurora Loufek, Assistant Principal
A woman at the EHS community that I admire is Ms. Hendricks. She teaches our Child Growth and Development course, and she is in pre-school. One of the major reasons that I admire her is that she has been teaching for around 53 or 54 years. What I admire is that she hasn’t lost her passion for teaching. I imagine that she is as dedicated now as she was when she began at the tender age of 22 or 23. ...
Bradyn Booth ‘25
Ms. Kumar, she’s a bio teacher. She gave us some freedom and was a cool teacher in general and let us be ourselves.
Mr. John Smith, security guard
One of the women I admire the most at Edison High is Vice-Principal Ms. Loufek. She is fair and stern with the students. She is also one of the administrators who is very concerned about the academics as well as the social life of students. She has an impact on the students from the moment they walk into Edison High till the moment they graduate and a lot of them come back to visit her to get advice...
Ms. Laura Golda, school nurse
Kim Zavistoski in guidance is a busy mom of four, works full-time, and still never shows her fatigue at school. She is always willing to help the students whenever we need it from the nurse’s office. She is kind and compassionate. I enjoy working with her!
Ms. Michele Downey, Math teacher
I look up to Mrs. Hendricks. She’s been teaching for 54 years, and still has the energy to come here every day while still giving 110% energy
Ms. Lynne Tierney, Business teacher
Someone I admire in the EHS community is Kristen Tsaoys, supervisor of the ACES program. I first met her when she was in staff development. She is a positive role model who always focuses on making the experience better for students.
Mr. Charles Ross, principal
There are a lot of women in the EHS community whom I admire for their different aspects. Ms. Rubiano is a history teacher. She was one of the first people I hired when I got the job at EHS. I really like the energy she brings, and her creativity in the classroom. I love how she’s always positive. She is someone who is always doing the right thing for kids. Also Mrs. Milicia, the orchestra teacher....
Don Day ‘25
Ms. Mendez because of the way she runs Shoprite, and she’s able to multitask.
Ms. Nicki Brucki, Child Study Team
Someone I look up to at Edison High is Ms. Carla Brito. She goes above and beyond to help her students learn and become successful mathematicians. She happily offers her prep time, lunch, and before and after school time to work with students to help them understand concepts and improve their grades. She cares about each student so much. She hurts when they are sad and shares in celebrating their...
Eddy Rodriguez ‘25
Ms Yocum, she was a good teacher. She was/is a fun teacher.
Ms. Tracie Smith, Chemistry teacher
I would like to say that I am inspired by Diane Frey in the English department. She is kind and hardworking, she is loved by her students, and she has a passion for what she does.
Choir Director Mr. Josh Lisner
All of my female students who are on my student board and who work so hard, inspire me everyday. They are true leaders in the community and are going to go on to do some wonderful things. Especially the seniors who stepped up with leadership this year, Robyn Nemeth, Gabriela Engholm, and Remee Roy.
Ava Jimenez ‘24
Gabby Engholm. She is very musically talented, and she is the alto I want to be. She sings really good, I just really appreciate her, and she makes me want to be better.
Aeliya Jafri ‘26
Our fashion teacher, Ms. Ledda. She is really sweet and she helps all of her students even those who aren’t her students with everything.
Christian Lee ‘23
I really admire Mrs. Frey. I think that her teaching style is very kind, very sweet; and reciprocity is very important to her, and I think that is also important to me!
Matthew Gaspar ‘23
I look up to my old math teacher, Mrs. Dodd-Harris. I really liked her teaching style, she helped me improve in math, and helped me get to where I am now.
Shikha Narani ‘23
Ms. Patton-Stein because she is a really helpful teacher. She is a very brave person and gives helpful advice when you need it. She knows when to help and when not to help.
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