Senior Switch Day returns after year-long hiatus


Alyssa Rasp

Seniors Connor Bruneau, left, of Wall and John Hennessy of Middletown filled in for physics teacher Steve Godkin on Senior Switch Day.

Allie Beekman

After a year without Senior Switch Day, the tradition returned to CHS on Nov. 24. Teachers sat back and listened as seniors took their roles to teach classes throughout the day.

Senior class advisor Ginny Clevenger and the senior class council organized the day, while Clevenger made the final decisions on which students substituted for each participating teacher, said senior council member Allie Kuo of Tinton Falls. From there, it was up to the seniors and the teachers.

“The seniors had to talk to the teacher they were switching with and come up with a lesson plan that had to be approved by the teacher,” said Kuo.

Senior Julianna Belas of Monmouth Beach was selected to fill in for Visual Communications teacher Ryan Weber.

“We taught the students teamwork, problem solving and infographic-based design,” Belas said.

Sophomore Cailey Ruderman of Marlboro was in the Intro to Design class Belas taught.

“We watched an episode of Parks and Rec where they used a blueprint and other design elements for a festival and then recreated that for our school,” Ruderman said. “I thought the lesson was really fun and a good way to learn what we used in design in a laid back way before the break.”

Sophomore Jules Andersen of Howell enjoyed the day so much she is considering signing up in two years.

“I feel like over the past two years I’ve become closer with some teachers and have a friendly relationship as well as a professional relationship with them,” Andersen said. “Switching with them for the day would be a lot of fun and also a learning experience to understand what teachers go through every day.”