A Look Within the Class: Fine Arts Department
Story by Francisco Castaneda, Multimedia journalist
“This is my 10th year teaching at PHS. I teach Marching Band, Concert Band, String Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Remote Band/Orchestra. I am fortunate to have 3 very unique classes to teach, each having their own highlights and challenges. There is no way that I could choose a favorite class that I teach. I love the energy and engagement of marching band. I love the high level music teaching and creating in...
“I have been teaching at PHS for 18 years. I teach Girl's Glee, Encore, Piano Lab, Rep Musical Theater. I like to teach all of them! I like teaching the Multigenerational Season (fall) when we're not in a pandemic because community members come into the classroom.”
"This is my 1st year at PHS. I teach Theatre I, Theatre Performance Appreciation, Music Repertory Theatre, Repertory Theatre and direct the plays and Musicals. My favorite class to teach is Music Rep. Comparing Broadway shows against the movie version because explaining how the same story can be interpreted in a different way and both of them being amazing and beautiful."
“This is my first year at PHS. I teach Drawing, Painting, Principles of Illustration, Intro. to Art, and Creative Studio. My favorite class to teach is painting. The pet portraits unit was fun in painting class this year. I enjoy watching the students learn to create texture that looks like fur or whatever animal they are painting.”...
“I have taught at PHS for 12 years. I teach Debate, Forensics, Speech. My favorite class to teach is all of them. I love teaching the Election Speech unit in Speech, and I love teaching all things in debate/forensics! Watching kids get passionate about persuading people to vote for them and seeing their creativity going is super cool.”...
“I have taught at PHS for 9-10 years. I teach Spanish I, III, IV AP. My favorite class to teach is all of them. Every year is different, I like the one about feelings and personal relationships, public and personal identities. Getting to know more about my students. As a class analyzing how cultural and historical factors help form our own personal and unique identities.”...
Alejandra Challa de Rojas
“This is my third year at PHS. I have been teaching Spanish I and II. I like to teach both Spanish I and II. Each class has its own flair, and it is wonderful to see how students improve their Spanish language skills with time. My favorite unit to teach in Spanish I is Family, because students learn how to describe their own families and family members in Spanish. In Spanish II, I love to teach the ...
“This is my 13th year at PHS. I teach College Algebra, Intro to Art, Ceramics, Sculpture, Design Crafts, Art Appreciation. I love to teach all my classes because they give me balance. Functional Ceramics: form and function is my favorite unit to teach because we use something we made.”
“I have taught at PHS for 5 years. I teach Stagecraft, theatre design 1 and 2. My favorite class to teach is stagecraft. My favorite unit to teach is to handle tools because I get to see people use tools for the first time.”