Holguin moves on to administration

Stephanie Ma, Staff Writer

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In late June of 2018, Señor Tony Holguin resigned from his Spanish-teaching position at Rose Hill to become the Assistant Principal of Circle High School.

He moved because he felt that as a teacher, he wasn’t able to influence changes as much as he wanted to.

“I knew that I wanted to help students,” Holguin said. “And being an assistant principal/administrator would allow me to serve them differently.”

While Holguin looks forward to serving the Circle student body in this new way, he will still miss many things about teaching.

“But if I had to narrow it down,” said Holguin, “it would be the direct work with students. As the assistant principal, I will regularly work with students, but that contact is not the same as being in the classroom. The close, personal, and daily interaction with students are the things that I will miss most; I will strive to build positive relationships with students as an administrator, but I worry it will not be the same.”

After hearing about his resignation, only five students stayed in Spanish IV. Judging by the amount of people who have dropped Spanish classes because of Holguin’s departure, his students miss those close, personal, and daily interactions too.

“My thoughts on him leaving?” asked Julian Isbel, a Spanish IV student. “Surprised, actually. He really seemed to have enjoyed teaching Spanish. He also gave off a unique motivating vibe not many teachers have.”

Bre Thompson, another Spanish IV student, was heartbroken.

“He has been one of very few teachers that shaped me into the person I am today. He convinced me that I should minor in Spanish,” she said. “He was able to have a connection with every kid and joke around, not taking anything we said too seriously. Holguin made learning another language really fun, while still being able to teach his class effectively.”

Logan Krause, among many others, simply dropped out of Spanish after hearing the news.

“I wasn’t happy to hear that Holguin was leaving,” said Krause, three-year Spanish student. “I felt that he was quite the contribution to the Rose Hill High School staff, and he was an exceptional Spanish teacher. I always thought what made Holguin unique was his teaching style. He tried to make each class distinct from the last – everyday was different.”

Many say they’ll miss his sense of humor the most and that without Holguin, Spanish just wouldn’t be the same.

“I’m pretty upset about it,” said Debi Fiegenbaum, Spanish IV student. “I was really looking forward to having another year of Spanish with Holguin because we had a lot of fun during the previous years and I think he was a really good teacher.”

She was looking forward to telling Holguin about each time she used Spanish during the summer because he always asked.

“I feel like we could always talk to each other about anything we were having a problem with, whether it’d be related to Spanish or not,” she said. “And he always made sure we understood what was going on and to make it fun.”

Principal Haydock also thinks Holguin was a great teacher.

“[He] had a lot to offer to our students and to the building and to the district,” he said. “He’s also fun to visit with on a personal level. I got to know him and his family and just enjoyed Mr. Holguin… He was somebody that students looked up to and can learn from and he offered a good environment in his classroom.”

Haydock was disappointed on a personal and professional level to see him go, but also realizes that Holguin had a passion to be a high school administrator and he finally seized his moment.

“I’ve never not encouraged people to better their lives and family situations,” he said. “Other people look at Rose Hill personnel and see viable candidates and sometimes that’s the nature of the beast and they take some of the good ones from us. So yeah, it’s disappointing, but it’s also good for Tony and his family.”

Rose Hill High School will always have a special place in Holguin’s heart.

“Students there definitely make it a special place to teach,” he said. “I can genuinely say that I never left RHHS having a bad day and owe that to the students that enrolled in my classes. My decision to leave was not taken lightly… But at the end of the day, I had to carefully look at my personal goals while also doing what was best for my family when the opportunity presented.

“[To all my former students]: I am not there to see you succeed the rest of your high school experience,” Holguin adds, “but I will keep an eye out for you and only expect to hear success from you in the future! I look forward to seeing many of you at the Circle Rose Hill events.”