Meet the VOW Teacher Team
Always energetic, sometimes over-caffeinated and never anything but positive, Mr. Wendelin is undeniably a vital part of this project and class. No matter how tired he probably should be from teaching, coaching football, co-sponsoring yearbook, leading Social Action Club and being a devoted dad to his three adorable kids, Mr. Wendelin never fails to bring unending enthusiasm to class every morning. Whether it's sharing his deep love for Terry Gross or agreeing to angrily eat coffee cake for a photo op, Mr. Wendelin always puts his whole heart and ridiculous sense of humor into everything he does making him not only an awesome teacher, but an all around pretty awesome human being.
She is always quick to deflect credit, but Mrs. Thyer is the reason this game-changing class exists. It was her work with Ms. Ogarek that brought the Voice of Witness organization to Stagg years ago and it is her loyalty to Ms. Ogarek that continues to drive its purpose. In her ten years of teaching, she has taught nearly every English course Stagg offers. No matter the content, she teaches English with a focus on life. In between teaching grammar and Gatsby, she encourages students to stand for something... and sometimes do a silly dance when they feel happy. After school she can be seen running the trails with the cross country team, designing yearbook pages, or planning an activism project with Social Action Club. She protects the rights of teachers as a union representative, runs triathlons, and can leap tall buildings in a single bound. She has a borderline-concerning obsession with William Shakespeare and secret crushes on Ira Glass and Glen Hansard. She is selfless, devoted to her friends, and has a knack for making people feel valued. There is no one on the planet more qualified to teach a class combining writing and empathy than Mrs. Lisa Thyer.