Amy Shupe Joins Math Department

Craig Summers, Turret staff writer

Amy Shupe recently joined the math department, coming from Incarnate Word Academy, where she taught for nine years. Shupe teaches AP Calculus, AP Placement Statistics, and geometry. She came to CBC to help further her teaching career, and loves the fun, joking, environment among the students.

Shupe had wanted to be a teacher, ever since she was a teenager.

“I struggled as a high school mathematics student myself, but my high school math teachers helped me realize I was capable of doing even the most complex math,” she said. I wanted to help others realize that they too have the power to do this kind of math as well.”

Shupe attended Southeast-Missouri State University, as well as Webster University. While teaching is a big part of her life; she also loves cross stitching, playing softball, reading Agatha Christie novels, and Zumba dancing.

Shupe said her mother has been a big influence on the person she is today.

“My mom is my role model because she lives a happy, faith-filled, selfless life,” she said. “I strive to be a wonderful wife and mother like her.”

Ryan Batliner Joins History Department

Jordan Kahrhoff, Turret staff writer

Ryan Batliner’s career at CBC started long before he began teaching here. Unlike a majority of the teachers at CBC, Batliner was a student and part of the Class of 2010. He has come back to his alma mater with multiple duties. Along with teaching U.S. History to sophomores, Batliner is a moderator for the Student Leadership Council, a librarian assistant, and a St. Charles bus driver.

After graduating from CBC, Batliner attended the University of Missouri-Columbia. At first Batliner took business classes until one day during one of his classes he said, “I don’t want to do this anymore.” He was hesitant to go into teaching. Eventually he dropped his business class and began some teaching classes.

“After my first class I knew this was the right profession for me,” Batliner recalled. “I really do enjoy teaching.”

Batliner said his role models have now become his colleagues. He compared that to the feeling that rookies in major league baseball get when they play against their childhood hero such as Derek Jeter.

“That’s how it is for me here at CBC,” Batliner said. “Teachers here inspired me to be great like them. They changed my life and I want to do the same for my students now.”

Batliner has already impacted the students at CBC. When he was a student at CBC he was asked to be a part of the Student Leadership Reform Committee. The committee created what is now known as the Student Leadership Council.

One of the biggest things they focused on was creating student participation inside and outside of school.

“We wanted to give students incentives for being actively involved with their school, and that is why we created the Cadet Cup,” Batliner stated.

Batliner said he is very excited to be working with the SLC along with teaching and his other roles at CBC. This former Cadet is ready for anything that comes his way.

Michelle Hartmann joins Math Department

Justin Frazier, Turret staff writer

Michelle (Shelly) Hartmann is a new math teacher at CBC. Before she came to CBC she worked at Incarnate word Academy for the past seven years. Hartmann said going from an all-girl school to an all boy school is a challenge, but that she wanted to come to CBC to work in a larger school with a larger math department. Hartmann teaches Algebra 1 and math analysis, as well as honors math.

Hartmann wanted to teach since she was little. She became a teacher because she says she’s always wanted to help people. That is her inspiration in life. Her other hobbies include shopping with her mom and spending time with her family.

Hartmann’s husband is a carpenter and she has two children: Tommy who is three and Jake who is eight months.

“Tommy is excited to come up and watch football,” she said.

Hartmann is from Spanish Lake in North County and now lives in Old Town Florissant.

Tom Albes Joins Language Arts Department

Austin Davis, Turret staff writer

The newest English teacher at CBC, Tom Albes, is ready to revive the dying art of writing. He chose to teach Language Arts because he was concerned about how the English language is not really as appealing or attractive anymore due to new technology. Albes chose to be a high school teacher because of his experience as a cross country coach at Bishop DuBourg High School. Albes said that after working with the small group of athletes along with three other coaches, “the sense of community and wanting to help each other succeed really cemented my decision to enter the classroom.”

CBC is one of the few schools where students are issued a personal laptop and Albes likes this aspect. “It’s just the way technology is flowing,” he said. Even in college at University of Missouri – St. Louis, Albes had to use Blackboard as a student. He said using Blackboard as a student was kind of tough; but now with the responsibility of only having to grade students work and getting assistance from other teachers, he is becoming more comfortable with it.

In his free time, Albes loves to run. In fact, he’s training to run his first marathon. Besides running, he enjoys being with his family. Albes has his mom, dad, two sisters, and is extremely close with his dad’s side of the family.

Albes decided to come to CBC because he liked the system of the high school education.

“I like being able to share and help cultivate the Catholic faith in and out of the classroom with teenagers,” Albes said. Even though he has been at CBC for a short time, so far, he enjoys the enthusiasm from the students shown through the Student Leadership Council and the teachers.

Besides teaching at CBC, Albes is an assistant coach for the cross country team as well. He helps Coach Sill and Coach Hamer with anything they need done. He said he will often run with the varsity athletes throughout the week. Albes is also a freshman advisor, and will be working the gate at some football and soccer games.

Although Albes is training for his first marathon, he has already begun a run of a lifetime, being a teacher at CBC.

Harold Ott Joins Math Department

Andrew Grunik, Turret staff writer

Harold Ott is one of the new faculty members to join CBC’s math department this year. He has a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Marquette University and a Master of Arts in teaching from Webster University. Mr. Ott previously taught at Barat Academy, where there were only around 160 students in all. He admires the diversity of CBC as well as the greater number of students. When asked about the transition to a much larger school he said, “It is great, I love it.”

Ott teaches freshman math and Algebra 2. Math is something that he has always loved and had a passion for. He takes pride in passing his vast knowledge of math to students and others around him.

Mr. Ott is a graduate of Saint Louis University High School. He prefers teaching all boys rather than co-ed classes which is what he previously taught at Barat Academy.

“It just is a better environment for me,” he said.

In his free time away from school, Ott enjoys golfing, spending time with family, exercising and watching high school sports.

“I am excited to get back into those Friday night football games,” he admitted.

Along with football, basketball is also another passion of his. He will be attending the basketball games coming up this winter.

When asked about one of the greatest role models he has had in his life he remembered his high school basketball coach.

“He was always there for me and was a great resource,” Ott said. “He impacted my life in a huge way.”

Ott cannot wait to get involved with CBC and is looking forward to a great school year.