New Teacher Finds Home At West


With a history of yearbook and newspaper experience under her belt, the new English and Yearbook Teacher Alisa Casady found her place in Lee’s Summit. Her background of teaching English and yearbook classes enabled her to find the job at West.

After teaching at Camdenton High School in a Lake of the Ozarks town of about 3,000 people, she wanted to move to a larger area.

“The KC Area came highly recommended. West seemed like a very nice school. Not only are the facilities really nice, but the people are very nice as well and want the best for the students,” said Casady.

The move wasn’t just a change in scenery, but an adjustment in the classroom as well. At her old school, her yearbook staff consisted of just one class; now, she has three hours a day.

“At this point, it’s still new to me. I liked one section because everyone knows everyone well,” said Casady. “I can see it’s a challenge that not everyone is together every day with three sections.”

Junior Paige Benton is in Casady’s Advanced Yearbook class and said her new teacher’s style is different from the previous teachers, but will still work well.

“She tries to get everyone acquainted and it’s really fun. And she also has a lot of good ideas that I think everyone likes,” said Benton. “I think it’s going to rock. I feel like it’s going to be very organized and this yearbook will be very good.”

As the year progresses Casady will continue to carry out her lifelong dream and her school year goals.

“I’ve wanted to be a teacher my entire life. I’ve always enjoyed reading and literature,” said Casady. “My main goals for the year are to get to know my students and build a sense of community within the classroom. I want my English students to enjoy reading and my yearbook students to feel proud of the yearbook they’ve produced.”

By: Taylor Jensen




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