Student Yesterday, Teacher Today


Nicolas Mejia

Mr.Schober teaching his geometry class to 10th Grade students.

Nicolas Mejia, Discoverer Staff Writer

After 20 years, Eric Schober, Class of ’98 and son of the former TCS Superintendent John Kurt Schober, has returned to TCS as the new 10th Grade Geometry teacher.

Finally coming back left Schober amazed by the changes and quality of the renovated campus and departments. He also believes teachers now are more qualified than in ‘98. 

“Well the biggest thing that’s changed is actually the campus, I was the last graduating class from the old campus in Robledo,” Schober said. “And I would also say that, compared to when I was in school, the quality of the teachers is way higher.” 

Upon graduating from TCS, Schober studied engineering for 2 years and graduated with a degree in religion from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. Not knowing what to do with a major in religion Schober decided to teach at Colegio Gimnasio Ingles for 2 years in Armenia and then switched to TCS.

“I always liked math and science, so I decided to get into teaching… I worked at the GI school in Armenia, and since the beginning of this year I came here,” Schober said.

According to Schober, he has been getting a lot of push back from the students when it comes to the daily homework. His students Colegio Gimnasio Ingles, in Armenia, used to get homework everyday, because he believes that practice makes perfect. 

“Part of what makes learning math possible is practice, and I really don’t feel like im giving that much homework, given the time I give students to work in class, I don’t understand the disagreement with that homework issue,” Schober said. 

Many of his students believe that practice is very important for math, but they sometimes feel overwhelmed. Some believe homework given in class could be changed for some projects, and give the class a little bit of variety.

“I think he could improve not so much in the teaching part, but maybe on the how to handle the students because he sometimes loses control of the students, and that affects the classes flow,” Murillo said. 

There are many improvements yet to be done, regarding class management. Schober talks about how he wants to work on the homework, by giving students enough time to work in class, they will not have an excuse for not doing it, or saying its too much.

“Regarding keeping control of the classroom, that’s something I need to work on, but I think we can make progress with that next quarter to make sure the class is a nice working environment,” Schober said. 

But there is just one thing that is Schober’s big target for the end of the year. And that is to achieve a stupendous teacher-student relationship with his students filled with respect, even more than teaching math. 

 “I hope if anything, in terms of my class, I hope that my students are being respected and I receive that respect back. If I can finish the school year and have that be the big lesson more than math or more than anything else, that would be great,” Schober said.