New Highlands Teacher Zach Borgman makes cross country move to HHS


Elly Wira

First year Highlands history teacher Zachary Borgman.

 Zachary Borgman is a new face here at Highlands High School. Teaching social studies for almost seven years. This school would’ve been routine for him if it wasn’t for COVID-19. Focusing on AP World History, United States history, and the United States government, Borgman has his hands full. Previously in Brookfield, Wisconsin, Borgman moved to Kentucky because of his wife’s job search. 

Before moving, Borgman was planning to fly out to job fairs and attend interviews. Instead of participating in person, Borgman appeared in online meetings through Zoom. After landing the job and getting settled in his new home, Borgman wasn’t fully prepared for non-traditional instruction (NTI), just like the rest of the school. 

Switching from NTI to in-person learning can be difficult without knowing what to do, but the Bluebirds pulled through and are still going strong.  

Borgman said, “It wasn’t the most ideal situation, but I think we handled it the best we could.”     

Originally becoming a teacher to interact in the classroom, he is proud of both students and teachers for working their hardest. With being unable to see everyone’s face and expressions, Mr. Borgman struggled to get to know both students and staff alike. Even so, he continues to gain support from his fellow 3rd-floor teachers.

 “Honestly, they are so nice. If I ever need info or help with something I know I can count on them,” he explained. Typically interacting with just 3rd-floor teachers, Borgman regrets not having the opportunity of getting to know the rest of Highlands staff better.  

He has been tremendously proud of his students for keeping up with not just covid guidelines, but all their schoolwork as well. It shows how proud Borgman is to be here at Highlands. 

“High school students have a lot going on in life, with how productive and determined this school is, that’s what makes a tough year so much better,” Borgman closed. 

He hopes to keep on motivating his students to keep moving forward, even with NTI and COVID-19, the new teachers at Highlands are incredibly diligent and creative.