Art teacher Spenser Hensel goes a step further than teaching to impact the lives of children. Hensel and his wife are foster parents for children and he
is expecting another baby in December. Along with fostering and teaching 2D and AP 2D art at school, Hensel will be coaching girls flag football. Hensel is taking on a lot, but the hardships are well worth it. “They’re in a tough spot, they’re being pulled away from their family for whatever reason, and it’s our job as their foster parents to relieve them of that bur- den and take it on ourselves as adults,” Hensel said.
In second grade her teacher inspired
her to pursue teaching herself. Now Melissa Taylor will begin her fifth year as an English and reading teacher. “[My second-grade teacher] had a way of teaching that was exciting that made you feel special,” she said. Taylor attended San Diego State for two years to obtain her academic credentials. She has taught in Mexico, Miami and now Tampa. Her philosophy is that everybody should be able to get an education.
After being the school psychologist at dif- ferent schools in Hillsborough County, Bonnie Brock setting her bags down at Hillsborough. Originally from New Jersey, Brock decided
to move away from the cold for college and
has stayed here ever since. The Seven Steps to Resilience hangs in her office. “In life, it’s often how we respond to challenging experiences that lead to either more positive experiences or get- ting stuck,” Brock said. “I want to help students bounce instead of fall flat in the face of a setback.”