Teresa Rudnick- Physics

Tell us a little about yourself.  Where did you work before this?

I am on my fifth year of teaching and I have taught at Blue Valley Northwest the last four years.  I also graduated from K-State.

What was it like working for our rival school?

I had to get rid of all of my purple clothing and find blue things instead.  I really like it actually.  I graduated from K-State, but my husband works for KU, so I am used to playing both sides of the line.

What made you come here this year?

Honestly, it was the department chair position. Mrs. Cyr pulled me aside last semester and told me she was retiring.  She said she wanted me to take her spot as department chair as well as the physics and AP physics teacher.  So, I jumped at the chance to be able to be a part of the leadership staff here at North. I will be teaching physics and AP Physics this year.

What is your impression of North so far?

So far, it has been really empty because there have been no students around. It has taken me quite a bit of time to get used to the “Spider Web of Doom” layout that this school has.  I tried to find room 238 and I thought someone was playing a joke on me.  New teacher hazing I guess. I did find it though.

What are some things that you want your students to know?

Mostly, I just want them to know that even though I am coming from BVNW, I want them to know that I care for them and I do want the best for them.

What are your goals for this year?

Survive! Since AP physics is going through such a curriculum change, it is kind of survival mode thing.  I really want to put together a nice solid curriculum for the students in that class, as well as modify what I do with these classes to fit with how North does things.

Any fun facts?

I have a slight obsession with Batman.  We may have had to rearrange my honeymoon a bit so I could see The Dark Knight Rises opening weekend. All of these posters were Batman-themed physics posters that my first-year students made for me so I could take down the biology ones in the room.