It’s a brand new year here at St. James and there are new faces popping up all over the place. In addition to the incoming freshman, ten new staff members have joined the Shark family.
Seven of those ten are brand new teachers to St. James. Mike Adams teaches math, Will Hall teaches CATE, Doug Soles coaches P.E., Robbie Brown is the new science teacher, Paul Velasco teaches foreign language, Jessica Harrell teaches English, and Paul Hudacko teaches social studies.
I recently met up with Mr. Hudacko, who teaches AP Human Geography and US History. He used to work in Marion County at Creek Bridge High School, but he says that working here is a dream come true.
When asked about the curriculum, he said he likes that it is "meaningful to the students” and it’s “good to see the cooperation and collaboration among the departments to try to make the curriculum engaging instead of just textbook and paper assignments.
There aren’t only new teachers, however. Torry Lewis is the new student resource officer, Sonny Williams is the new librarian, and Kathy Henderson and Gerald Baxter are new to the guidance department. One of Mr. Baxter’s students, Annika Liger, is very happy with the change.
She likes Mr. Baxter because “he actually seems to care and when (she) met with him he seemed very informed about our school’s academics and about college scholarships”. Liger also thinks the new teachers have a positive impact on St. James because they add a different and new perspective to the school.
All in all, the addition of all the new staff members is a very good thing for the school. They bring new ideas and perspectives to the school and they add to the diversity to our St. James family. If you see new staff members around the school, be sure to welcome them.