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2 new teachers join Peetz School

By Callie Jones

 

Journal-Advocate News Editor

POSTED:   09/09/2018 09:24:24 PM MDT

 

 
Soni Schilz
Soni Schilz (Courtesy photo)
Logan Bowey
Logan Bowey (Courtesy photo)

Peetz School District is welcoming two new teachers this year.

Soni Schilz is teaching third grade. She was born and raised in Nebraska, "Go Big Red!"

Schilz has been in the education field for nine years, working mostly with children who have behavioral or academic challenges.

"It is so rewarding to see the growth and positive changes that take place," she said.

Schilz recently made a change to teaching third grade and has also found a love for the general classroom as well.

"Third graders still get excited about learning and it is so rewarding watching their faces light up when they have that "ah-ha" moment," she said.

Schilz chose to go into teaching because it is a satisfying career that allows her to be "part of preparing our youth for the ever changing world and know that I've made a difference in many lives," she said. "It's truly rewarding watching students grow over the years, not only academically but also socially and emotionally. The relationships built are life-long. Teaching gives me the opportunity to become someone in the students' lives that believes in them and shows them they are important."

She loves to sing in the car, spending time at Lake McConaughy, sports, especially basketball, and spring is her favorite season.

Schilz lives by Eckhart Tolle's quote "You do not become good by trying to be good, but by finding the goodness that is already within you."

 
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"As as a teacher, I choose to see the goodness that each child holds and let them know they matter," she said.

The other new teacher is Logan Bowey, who teaches seventh-12th grade science. Born and raised in Sterling, he graduated from Sterling High School in May of 2013 and then attended Northeastern Junior College and graduated with his Associate of Science degree in May 2014. He then attended Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biological science in May 2017.

While at CSU, he worked in a research lab that studied cardiac abnormalities in human development.

Originally, Bowey wanted to go to medical school after CSU. He worked as a long-term substitute starting in August 2017 at Sterling Middle School teaching math to give him some time to apply to medical school and earn a little extra money for his applications to med schools and student loans. After working as a math teacher for a while, he found that he had a passion for teaching and it was something he truly enjoyed doing.

This past February he was just then exploring the possibilities of a career in education when the high school science position became available at Peetz School.

"Since I took almost every science class imaginable to prepare for medical school it was the perfect opportunity for me to jump right in to teaching something I had studied and enjoyed learning about," Bowey said.

Along with teaching, he loves to play and coach basketball and enjoys golfing (he played for NJC during his year there). He is also an emergency medical technician.

"I truly believe that if you go to college and study what you enjoy and have a passion for, then the right job will find you even if you think you have your entire life planned out already," Bowey said.

Also joining the school is Dustin Segar, the new preschool through sixth grade teacher.

Callie Jones: 970-526-9286, cjones@journal-advocate.com

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