Popular History teacher to retire at end of semester
U.S. history teacher Esther Hartman is retiring from teaching after 28 years. Hartman has taught at Cy Springs ever since its opening in 1997, and has impacted thousands of students and staff throughout her 21 years on campus.
“Esther Hartman was a mentor to every person who’s come through this department, and she developed young teachers giving them the confidence needed to challenge young minds and become leaders in the classroom,” said history teacher Carol Urbani.
Hartman’s teaching methods were unique compared to the teachers before her. According to students, she has made history a fun atmosphere.
“I wanted to create an appreciation of how history is essential for understanding today’s problems and successes and for students to know what is going on in the world, and our political system, so they can be the ones who change it for the better,” said Hartman.
Current and past students praised Hartman’s teaching methods.
“She's found a way to make learning more enjoyable,” said current student of Hartman, Alissay Parra. “ Mrs. Hartman's class is never boring.”
Hartman not only was dedicated to teaching, she also has spent the past six years devoted to volunteering for an animal shelter called k-9 Angels Rescue. Hartman plans after her retirement to begin fostering puppies.
“Thank you so much Mrs. Hartman; we wish you the very best,” said former student Brevan Crawford.