Say hello to the new Germen teacher Colleen Taber

Eli Stearns

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Teacher  Colleen Taber is the new German teacher here at the high school. You can find her, most of the time, in her classroom on the first floor.

Taber had decided to come here because she knew how hard finding German teachers are. Taber said, “German programs are being cut around the state to save money. Because there are fewer students taking High School level German class means College level classes are also threatened. There is also still a need for German speakers in the business world because there are so few Americans who speak German companies are paying premium wages to those whose second language is German. Basically, supply and demand.”

Taber has taught German since 1979; that’s 39 years she’s taught. Taber has taught at many different schools such as, Hamilton Southeastern in the 80s, Cathedral High School for 14 years, and Muncie Central, and two years at Franklin College. Taber also covered Maternity leaves after she left Cathedral. Taber said, “I love teaching, students change every five years; or so I’ve been told, I have enjoyed adapting to the different learning types over the years.”

Taber went to college at Albion College, Michigan; a private liberal arts college, connected to the United Methodist Church. Taber studied German for 4 years. Taber said, “College challenged me academically, and I just adore College. I am a lifelong learner.”

Taber has lived in Germany many different times. After a visit she had with her family in 1972, she returned for her “Junior Year Abroad,” which lasted from January to August. She returned in a later year and began living in Heidelberg for an entire summer, subleasing an apartment with three German women. “We had so much fun, I remember one day they sent me out to get a zucchini and I came back with a cucumber,” Taber said.

Taber has led quite an interesting life. Living in Germany and teaching German for 39 years. Now, she’s here in New Castle, teaching us. So, extend a warm welcome to Taber, the new German teacher.

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