Teacher Tribute: Cienega High's Gretchen Stickney helping stude - Tucson News Now

Teacher Tribute: Cienega High's Gretchen Stickney helping students grow

Gretchen Stickney (Source: KOLD News 13) Gretchen Stickney (Source: KOLD News 13)
VAIL, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

With two decades of teaching under her belt, Gretchen Stickney knows math is a tough subject for many students.

One of the classes that she teaches is honors precalculus.

It is a challenging class, but Stickney keeps her students moving toward success.

Using techniques from the hokey pokey to competitive games, Stickney likes to change things up.

“We do games; we sing; we dance; we do whatever we can to keep it exciting,” Stickney said.

The energy she brings is contagious.

"She makes you full of energy and she gets you working and she makes you feel involved," Junior Antonio Camacho said.

Audora Rienzl said, "I kind of like feed off her energy, so that makes me more excited to learn."

At first, Rienzl wasn’t looking forward to class.

“I wouldn't say my strong suit is math, so going into an honors math class I was a little worried," she said.

But she says Stickney doesn’t just teach her students, she helps them grow.

"They're inspired to actually learn math. They're intrigued by it," Audora said.

"What I like to do is take a kid where they are when they come to me and grow them as much as I can,” Stickney said.

From problem solving to critical thinking, teens are picking up crucial skills for the future.

"(I) try to teach them that skill of preserving, because that's what they're going to need. Even if they never divide polynomials ever again,” Stickney said.

The students may never again use some of the material, but they will leave with new-found confidence.

"She really makes sure you strive for success in what you're supposed to be learning," Camacho said.

Stickney said, "They give me the energy. They’re the ones who inspire me. They’re the ones that give me the energy to keep going."

Stickney has taught in four different states but she says Cienega stands out.

She says the staff at Cienega is great at connecting with the kids and that makes all the difference.

MOBILE USERS: Download our Tucson News Now app for Apple and Android devices.

Copyright 2017 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • 'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    Thursday, April 27 2017 12:17 AM EDT2017-04-27 04:17:43 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 11:32 PM EDT2017-04-29 03:32:02 GMT
    Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children.

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children. 

  • Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

    Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

        One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction.  She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction. She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

  • BREAKING

    Officials: 5 dead during weekend storms, casualties may increase

    Officials: 5 dead during weekend storms, casualties may increase

    Sunday, April 30 2017 12:31 AM EDT2017-04-30 04:31:34 GMT

    Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued Saturday for multiple East Texas counties.

    Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued Saturday for multiple East Texas counties.

Powered by Frankly