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Featured Falcon: Mr. Valentine

by Sharita Jackson – Staff Writer

Bradley Valentine is the current boys’ basketball coach.

This is his second year as coach.

After Valentine finished high school, his coaching career started when he was offered an opportunity to coach a fifth grade basketball team. “I really enjoy teaching, coaching, and watching the students grow.” Valentine said.

From then on Valentine spent the next three years working with youth level sports before getting an opportunity to coach a freshman team at Kentwood High School for five years. “I spent the next five seasons as coach there,” Valentine said. Valentine started coaching for the junior varsity and as a head assistant for the varsity for four years.

He is now head coach of our boys’ basketball team. “The thing I most enjoy about coaching is the opportunity that every day presents, whether it is practice or a game; it is always a chance to be better than the day before. I also enjoy working our players every day.” Valentine said.

Outside of coaching, he is an instructional assistant with Joanna Schile and Kathie Weber, and he teaches one period of health class, each day.

Featured Falcon: Ms. Kirsten

by Sharita Jackson – Staff Writer

Kirsten Scheffler is a paraeducator commonly known by the students as Ms. Kirsten or Ms. Kiki.

Scheffler has been a paraeducator for three years. Even though Scheffler graduated college with a business degree, she has always been pulled in the direction of teaching. “I’d always wanted to be a teacher, I graduated from college with a degree in business, so teaching made sense to me.” Scheffler said.

Scheffler has a learning disability that she had to overcome in school to be a successful student: dyslexia. Dyslexia is a learning disorder characterized by difficulty reading. She said, “I wanted to help other kids overcome their disabilities and help them be the best they can be.”

Some of Scheffler’s duties include teaching reading, lifting weights with the boys in PE, and helping with Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy feedings to students in the class. Scheffler loves the diversity of her students and getting to know each of them. She loves coming to school daily to see the students.

Scheffler also has a daughter Bailey who is 21 and a senior at Carroll College in Helena, Montana and is graduating in Environment Science.

When Scheffler is not working she likes to hike, bike-ride, camp, and visit friends.

Scheffler plans on staying in education for the rest of her career. She said, “I don’t think I’ll ever do anything else, because I love my job and what I do, although, I do plan on getting my master’s degree in special education.”