Bellevue , Nebraska – This school year, Bellevue East welcomed 19 new staff members. Each edition of the Tom Tom will feature three new staff members who will provide information about their life. This edition highlights Robert Carraher, Kaitlyn Keck, and Itzel Armendariz Cepeda.
Robert Carraher is the newest English instructor, teaching D14 senior English. Carraher has previous teaching experience and decided to join this year when the opportunity presented itself.
His wife, science teacher Rachel Carraher, has worked at East for ten years and has become familiar with the building and some of the personnel. Carraher even has a podcast with his brother entitled “The Reel Marathon Podcast.”
“In terms of interactions with students, it’s rather comparable in general. People seem to buy into the building a little bit more, according to Carraher, who feels that there is a culture to the building as such. It appears that everyone is highly esteemed, and whoever you’re interacting with is looking out for everyone’s best interests. It’s just a pleasant place to be, and I’m glad I came over here.”
In addition to Carraher, another new employee is Assistant Director Kaitlyn Keck. Keck attended the University of Missouri at Kansas City and just relocated to Bellevue, Missouri from Joplin, Missouri. She applied for the role of assistant band director after the former director, Chuck Wright, accepted a deanship. Keck has been able to connect with, bond with, and instruct band kids during the summer and academic year. Keck enjoys watching Netflix with her two dogs, Hank and Henry, in her spare time.
“It’s been amazing being a new teacher here,” Keck added. “Everyone has been extremely helpful. I look forward to meeting and instructing so many wonderful children.”
This year, Itzel Armendariz was welcomed as a Spanish 1 and 2 instructor in the C wing. Armendariz was formerly Ashley Bender’s student teacher while she attended and graduated from UNO last year.
During her student teaching experience, Armendariz studied more about East and its students before joining the faculty upon graduation. Armendariz was born in Sinaloa, Mexico, and later immigrated to the United States. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, relaxing, and spending time with her family. “Being a new teacher here is both thrilling and nerve-wracking, but as I’ve gotten to know the students and the school, it’s been great to be here,” Armendariz stated.