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New teachers replace veteran staff

With 20-year veteran teacher Alan Tong leaving, and Greg Page’s promotion to Dean of Men, the campus staff this year will feature world history teacher Ellen King and math teacher Josh Tosland.

Having already spent a semester on campus last year as student teacher, King has had a chance to familiarize herself with the atmosphere. Tosland, however, will be experiencing the campus for the first time.

“I’ve already worked at Clovis East,” Tosland said. “I was also able to teach summer school at Clovis High.”

The 28-year old newlywed received his B.A. degree in math from Fresno State University. Prior to that he attended Cuesta University in San Luis Obisbo and Fresno City College.

“My greatest expectation this year is accountability on the student’s behalf,” Tosland said. “I would like for them to be able to set their own goals and then work to receive them.”

Tosland also plans on assuming the position of asst. coach for the girls’ J.V. basketball team later this year.

Acting as a student teacher last year (a requirement to receive her teaching credential from Fresno Pacific University) King taught one bible class and one world history class.

“My degree is in history,” King said. “My passion is in Bible.”

On top of this King voluntarily assumed some of the T.A. responsibilities she originally did for Page.

“I was greatly impressed with her organizational skills,” Page said. “Her love for students and teaching combined with her willingness and voluntary efforts were what developed my respect and trust in her as a fellow teacher.”

Her son, Nate King, ’05, has experienced a few changes himself since his mom became a part of the teaching staff.

“She knows everything I do now,” King said. “And I am always getting in trouble in Spanish class. I still have to call her Mrs. King at school, instead of mom.”

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