Meet New High School English Teacher: Mr. Todd Varhalla

By: Maggie Clark

With the retirement of longtime English teacher, Terry Skinner, Bismarck was left to find a suitable replacement in the high school English Department.  Bismarck selected Mr. Todd Varhalla to fill the vacancy.  In addition to teaching high school English, he will also be coaching junior high baseball in the spring.

Mr. Varhalla comes to our district with high recommendations.  He has been teaching for 20 years.  He grew up in Arkansas.  Mr. Varhalla has a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in History.  He is married with two daughters.

In his spare time, Mr. Varhalla referees and umpires many different sports including baseball, football, and soccer.  He also enjoys reading.

The school publications class decided to ask Mr. Todd Varhalla a few questions in order to get to know him better.

What school did you teach at before?    

“St. Paul, Farmington, Wilsons Creek, Jarrett Middle School, and Green Forest.”

How long have you been teaching?

“I have been teaching for 20 years.”

How do you like Bismarck so far?

“I love it!”

In what way do you feel like you’re impacting students?

 “The best way to impact students is by building relationships with them.”

What are some future ideas you have to impact them?

“Continuing to learn himself to share more knowledge with students.”

Why did you choose teaching?

“I had good teachers and wanted to be a good teacher for students.”

Why did you move schools?

“I just had different opportunities.”

Do you see Bismarck as a place with potential?

“Yes, I see potential here with our students.”