By GRAYSON LEE MAXWELL
Rutherford County Faculties
Q: What’s your place and the way lengthy have you ever been with RCS?
A: I’m the gifted schooling facilitator at Stewarts Creek Excessive Faculty. I’ve been right here for the reason that college opened. Earlier than that, I used to be at Blackman. That is my 19e yr within the neighborhood. Earlier than beginning with Gifted final yr, I used to be a advertising and marketing and entrepreneurship trainer at each faculties.
Q: What was your path to educating?
A: I left highschool within the 70s in California and all I needed to do was be a trainer. I did not do it then, I simply did life. I had a number of careers. I did graphic design and ended up doing a variety of excessive tech stuff in multimedia design and improvement. Every kind of programming and every kind of accounting. It was not good for me. When my son graduated from UTC, I went again to highschool, graduated in two years and began working as a trainer.
Q: What do you want about working at Stewarts Creek?
A: We now have a faculty mannequin. It is referred to as “One Staff” and it is actual. Everybody works collectively. It does not matter which division you’re in. It does not matter what rank you’re within the college, whether or not you are an administrator or no matter. I’ve seen admins empty the trash. Everybody comes collectively and does what must be achieved and treats all kids as in the event that they had been their very own.
Q: In what methods do you see these “One Staff” values coming to fruition?
A: The most effective examples I’ve is frankly earlier than college opened. I used to be in command of all of the retailers behind the cafeteria. I used to be making an attempt to hold an enormous popcorn machine across the constructing. Abruptly, a person got here operating out of the library and mentioned, “You clearly need assistance. Wait a minute.’ He was the pinnacle soccer coach. I’ve by no means seen a soccer supervisor do that earlier than. In case you electronic mail right here asking for assist or asking if anybody has something, you may get 50 replies in a minute. Folks will carry out it for you. It is only a welcoming surroundings.
Q: Inform me concerning the latest award you acquired.
A: That is the Lighthouse award. It is from the Council for Financial Training and Free Enterprise. There was a nominating committee and a pool of about 40 academics within the nominations. They checked out a number of elements. My first comment after I acquired the award was that I now not educate economics. However they mentioned you taught it for 18 years right here. And you continue to educate economics to your juniors and seniors. I took my college students on a subject journey for a public discuss at MTSU. I used to be rewarded that day.
Q: What else are you obsessed with?
A: I like my canine. I’ve an enormous Swiss who’s 10 years outdated and he’s my child. I’ve seven grandchildren. My daughter-in-law teaches upstairs, so it truly is a household affair right here. I already had two graduated grandchildren who took my programs. I additionally paint wooden. I do laser slicing and portray. This can be very stress-free.
Q: Do you propose to give up quickly?
A: I am nonetheless transferring. We now have to maintain transferring. I am beginning to consider what to do subsequent however not but. I do not know if these kids want me. However I would like them. We like one another. Both method, it is a good relationship.
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