Official Student Newspaper of Henry M. Gunn High School

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Official Student Newspaper of Henry M. Gunn High School

The Oracle

Official Student Newspaper of Henry M. Gunn High School

The Oracle

Marc Igler

Madison Yue, Features Editor May 23, 2022

English teacher Marc Igler is retiring after teaching at Gunn for 21 years, coaching the boys’ golf team for nine years and being an active member in the Palo Alto Educators Association. After working as a newspaper reporter, Igler began his teaching career at Gunn. Since then, he has never thought...

Retiring staff: Peggy Syverston

Retiring staff: Peggy Syverston

Safina Syed, Features Editor May 25, 2021

Speech-language pathologist Peggy Syverston is retiring at the end of this school year, after eight years at Gunn. As a speech therapist, she helped students with communication disorders work on their grammar, social skills, and how to communicate with an iPad. Syverston shared some of her favorite...

Retiring staff: James Shelby

Retiring staff: James Shelby

Safina Syed, Features Editor May 25, 2021

After 38 years of teaching, theater teacher James Shelby is retiring, effectively closing the curtains on his career at Gunn.  Shelby enjoys all the parts of being able to teach theater. He shares that “what [he] love[s] about theater is that it takes your heart, it takes your mind, and it takes...

Retiring staff: Deanna Messinger

Retiring staff: Deanna Messinger

Lise Desveaux, Centerfold Editor May 25, 2021

After spending 22 years as an art teacher, Deanna Messinger is retiring from Gunn. Messinger has been the second Drawing and Painting teacher since Gunn’s founding, which is something she takes great pride in. “I think that this is kind of a phenomenal thing, and I hope the next person stays for...

Retiring staff: Linda Kirsch

Retiring staff: Linda Kirsch

Lise Desveaux, Centerfold Editor May 25, 2021

After working at Gunn for more than 25 years as a community counselor, wellness counselor and college advisor, Linda Kirsch is retiring.  At first, Kirsch didn’t plan on working at Gunn. But after getting a job at the school, she learned to love it, especially since she was able to be with kids...

Retiring staff: Kerstin Helbing

Retiring staff: Kerstin Helbing

Arjun Shah, Managing Editor May 25, 2021

After 23 years working at Gunn, English Language teacher and coordinator of the English Language Learner Program (ELL), Kerstin Helbing has announced her retirement.  Helbing still recalls her first moments at Gunn. It was in these early moments where Helbing realized that Gunn was where she was...

Retiring staff: Diane Gleason

Retiring staff: Diane Gleason

Lise Desveaux, Centerfold Editor May 18, 2021

Diane Gleason is retiring after working at Gunn for 21 years as a math teacher, and for the past 6 years, as the Speech and Debate mentor.  During her years at Gunn, Gleason has made many cherishable memories, one of which was teaching AP Calculus after school. “For tutorial time, I had everybody...

Retiring Teachers: Mr. MacLean

Catherine Chu, Managing Editor May 22, 2020

After teaching at Gunn for nearly ten years, physics teacher Alec MacLean announced his retirement plans. Having worked for almost 30 years in a variety of different industries, MacLean reflects on the differences between the many experiences he’s had in different professions. “The real gratitude...

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