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Three new teachers on Wasuma Elementary campus

Three new teachers have joined the Wasuma Elementary School staff, left to right: Nadine Wright, sixth-eighth grade math; John Sloas, first grade; and Courtney Slayter, fifth grade. They joined all of the Bass Lake Joint Union School District staff last week for a new school year celebration.
Three new teachers have joined the Wasuma Elementary School staff, left to right: Nadine Wright, sixth-eighth grade math; John Sloas, first grade; and Courtney Slayter, fifth grade. They joined all of the Bass Lake Joint Union School District staff last week for a new school year celebration. Special to the Sierra Star

Three new teachers have been hired by the Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary School District to teach at the district’s Wasuma Elementary School, the home of the Wildcats.

John Sloas, first grade – Sloas moved to the Mountain Area in 1993 to work in camping and outdoor education. Beginning in 2009, he worked for Yosemite Unified School District, teaching first grade at Coarsegold Elementary School the past two years.

His wife, Sylvia, teaches first grade at Rivergold Elementary. The couple have four children, ages 7, 14, 17 and 19.

“I’m excited to a part of an amazing staff at Wasuma,” Sloas said. “I look forward to making a difference in the lives of the young ones!”

Courtney Slayter, fifth grade – Slayter recently moved from Merced to Oakhurst to teach at Wasuma.

“Two of my many passions include nature photography and caring for animals,” Slayter said. “I enjoy being outdoors and going skydiving. I am excited for the new adventures ahead!”

“My goal for this school year is to establish and maintain a strong classroom community,” she said, setting the stage for the school year which began Aug. 16.

Nadine Wright, sixth-eighth grade math – “Teaching middle school math has been my passion since as long as I can remember,” said Nadine Wright. “I am so excited to have the opportunity to teach at Wasuma Elementary School.”

She, like Sloas, most recently taught in the Yosemite Unified School District. Prior to that she taught in Elkton, Oregon. “Elkton was a K-8 school with an average of 200 students enrolled,” she said. “I taught middle school science and Math 8 while there. I feel like Wasuma will be the perfect fit for me because of the atmosphere, community and friendliness of the staff.”

“My goal is to teach students how to learn and how to become better citizens,” she said. “Students need to learn, not memorize; computers are designed to memorize and repeat, while humans are designed for innovation and emotions. There is endless information to be learned and so many interesting concepts to discover, so I want to ensure that my students can leave me with the ability to learn whatever it is they need or desire. All students, including those of Wasuma, are the future of our communities and I hope to inspire my students to work hard and always care for themselves and others well beyond their school careers.”

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