There is more spirit and love here than I have seen at any other school…

As I was graduating college, I was told that I would be lucky to find a full-time teaching position because of the sheer volume of new teachers entering the field. That memory hung over my head day in and day out as I was filling out applications. It was a hard time for me. I had several interviews, but no school district seemed to want a fresh out of college 23 year old without a year of teaching under their belt. It didn’t make sense to me that I was expected to be as qualified as a teacher who already had 1-2 years of experience. How was I supposed to grow as an educator when all I was able to do was move from classroom to classroom substituting? I was starting to lose hope. Summer was coming to a close and I was already looking online for non-teaching jobs that I could apply for with my degree.

Two weeks before the end of summer, a friend put in contact with Maddie Tebon. She was kind enough to suggest me to the interview staff, and to this day I am very grateful for that. From the minute I walked in for my interview, I could tell this school had a genuine staff. I was confident, and walked away telling myself that I knocked that interview out of the park. I received a call the next day with the job offer.

It is now the 4th quarter of the school year, and even now it is hard for me to put into words how much I love this school, the staff, and the students. There is more spirit and love here than I have seen at any other school. It almost feels unreal, but that’s what the idea of family is all about. If I’m having a rough day, there is always a friend to talk to and pull me back in the game. If I’m having an awesome day, there is always a place to share those successes. I can’t imagine being anywhere else. I don’t want to be. This family is too precious and I thank each and every staff member for being what makes this environment so great.

-Ryan Thermen