Teachers explore insight into poverty on Day 1

Published: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 10:37 AM.

This past Monday, bright and early in the morning, about 110 faculty and staff members of Franklin County School heeded the ringing of the school bell at 8 a.m. and anxiously gathered in the school’s cafetorium to kick off a brand new and exciting school year.

After briefly greeting familiar faces, welcoming new ones, and receiving a welcoming message from Principal Kris Bray and Assistant Principal Harolyn Walker, we enjoyed a delicious breakfast prepared by the Franklin County Teacher’s Association, a meal this professional organization under the leadership of Catherine Wood, has graciously offered for several years now.

With several new faculty members joining the Seahawk Family, as well as most of the veteran faculty and staff members not having seen each other since the close of the previous school year, Laura King, former elementary teacher and now our new intervention specialist, led us in a special welcoming activity. Through this icebreaker, we met and welcomed three new elementary teachers Carol Allen, first grade; Christy Thompson, second grade; and Helen Wilson, third grade.

In middle school, we’ve added Kendyl Hardy, eighth grade science, Kati Hathcock, eighth grade language arts, as well as Roy Carroll, math. This trio is no stranger to the Franklin County School district; Hardy is a 2010 FCS graduate, Hathcock graduated from the Apalachicola High School in 2007, and Carroll was previously a district-level employee and middle school math teacher just a couple years ago.

When Hardy was asked how it felt to return as an employee to a school she graduated from only four years ago, she said it was “surreal, but exciting” and she is really looking forward to it all. Hardy also commented that it is “a lot different teaching alongside teachers who were her teachers a few years ago” but I have no doubt that she, Hathcock and all the novice faculty members will be a fabulous addition to the Seahawk faculty and staff.

On the high school level, additions include James Chapman, math and science; Bruce Hubbs, ESE (Exceptional Student Education); Jason Luquis, Spanish; and Keilan McWhorter, science. Hardy and Hathcock will also be doing double-duty and handle some high school classes, too, with Hardy teaching ninth grade science and Hathcock teaching ninth grade language arts. The FCS returnees have already embraced the new Seahawks, and at the Meet & Greet event this Thursday afternoon, August 14 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m, you can do so, too.

One big change for the 2014-15 school year is the complete closure of the Franklin County Learning Center and the moving of its last tenants, the Alternative School and the HeadStart program, to the main campus. So for the first time since the Franklin County School opened for business, all students receiving a traditional public school education in Franklin County will get such on the same campus.

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