TEACHER OF THE WEEK: Jill Parmeter-Zapota | SierraSun.com

TEACHER OF THE WEEK: Jill Parmeter-Zapota

Christine Stanley
Sierra Sun
Ryan Salm/Sierra SunJill Parmeter-Zapota

Coldstream Alternative

Ninth-12th grade English and social studies

We have 65 students who meet with us once a week and are responsible for keeping up with the work for the week. We can identify their strengths and weaknesses and give them a program that works for their learning style. It lets them strive individually, and that self-actualization is really important.

Yes. We are 100 percent a part of the (Tahoe Truckee Unified) school district. There is also a misconception that our students don’t have a strong academic course load, but it’s quite the opposite. In addition, a lot of our students are athletes and are maintaining rigorous athletic schedules while finishing American government, U.S. history, and things like that.

I really respect what young adults are going through, and I think that giving them alternatives in their education is key. I’ve always been drawn to alternative education because of the opportunity to help students in non-traditional ways.

Everybody has the capacity to learn, and I need to support my students in obtaining a strong education. They all bring something to the table, and it’s my job to take that and to help them be successful from that point on.

The Sun’s Christine Stanley conducted this week’s “Teacher of the Week” and “Student of the Week” interviews. Please check out next Monday’s issue for more.