Work Stories

Work Stories airs every Monday during Arizona Edition.

The series focuses on the professional lives of local Yuma, Arizona residents as they recall memorable people and events.

In the heat of August, Work Stories is interviewing Yuma firefighters.

Through the end of May and throughout June, Work Stories looked through the eyes of morticians and those working in funeral services.  In April, Work Stories  explored the lives of mechanics; through March, we heard from fast food workers; in February, local college professors recalled their thoughts and memories; all through January, Border Patrol Agents from the Yuma Sector talked about some experiences on the job; during the month of December 2013, wait staff spoke about their daily lives and some memorable customers; in November, we heard from nurses as they discussed memories from the bedside; and in October, local high school teachers from the Yuma area shared their experiences as educators. 

Interviews for Work Stories are conducted and produced by KAWC Reporter Maya Springhawk Robnett

Yuma Union High School District / KAWC Colorado River Public Media

On Work Stories, we end our series on teachers with Renee Sheldahl. 

Renee was educated in Yuma at Arizona Western College before herself becoming an educator in the community.  She has been a teacher for twelve years and currently teaches Modern Languages at Gila Ridge High School.  At the KAWC studios, Renee talks about a student she didn't even realize she had impacted...(originally aired 10/30/13).

To know that a kid like that I was able to touch and to reach…that was really one of the important things, I think, about how I tried to do my job.

Gaudelia Castro-Moreno is a mathematics teacher at Vista Alternative High School in Yuma.  As a teacher, she says sometimes students don't pay attention or, due to difficulties in their lives, they can become confrontational.  Delia says through the years, to address these issues, she has developed an interesting method to teaching...(originally aired 10/23/13).

When you go into the classroom, it becomes your stage & you have to become alive.

Lauren Arrington is a Special Education teacher at Vista Alternative (Strategies for Success) High School in Yuma.  In Work Stories, Lauren recalls the "roughest year of her life"—her first year teaching at an inner-city school in Kansas City, Missouri...(originally aired 10/16/13)

I grew up in this little bubble in Oklahoma and then I go to this inner-city school...it was like culture shock.

This story is also featured in KAWC's October 16th Arizona Edition, which can be found in the related content below.

Annette Elias is an English teacher at San Luis High School and devout Christian.  At the KAWC studios, Annette sat down to talk about a classroom experience with her students that she witnessed...(originally aired 10/09/13)

He was using this experience of his to teach to the other students about forgiveness, about mending relationships with your parents and forgiving and how, once you forgive, you just unchain yourself…and really experience freedom.

Erik Langland is a mathematics teacher and a chess coach at Yuma High School.  Langland told KAWC a bit about what it is like to be a teacher...(originally aired 10/02/13)

This story is also featured in KAWC's October 2nd Arizona Edition, which can be found in the related content below.

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