By Ben Rosenthal | Staff Writer
The coming of the 2014-15 school year brings new staff members to the all-star cast of Pearce. Staff members will join Pearce because of some faculty members who have retired and others who decided to move to other schools or districts.
“I am really excited to see the new faculty members at Pearce. I hope that they can create a better atmosphere for us,” senior Kenny Lawrence said.
“I think that there is a wide opportunity for Pearce to improve with some new faculty,” Kenny added.
RISD employs more than 2,500 teachers in their schools. Richardson strives to make sure that their teachers are “highly qualified” due to the No Child Left Behind Act. This means that a teacher must meet the minimum requirements of knowledge in order be considered a highly qualified teacher. RISD is proud to have 99.98 percent of their staff noted as “highly qualified.”
With Mrs. Beverly Vance leaving, Mr. Philip Bates will take her place as the principal. Mr. Bates was the principle of Skyview Elementary for several years and until last year was the principle of North Junior High. He has been named Vice Chair of the Programs and Services Committee for the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association.
Ms. Talandra Griffen is taking the place of Mrs. Chakosha Powell. Mrs. Griffen was the administrative principle at Richardson High School last year.
Along with Mrs. Griffen, Ms. Kathryn Mottram will be joining as another vice principle.
Mrs. Lindsey Santarelli will be replacing Mrs. Nona Sanders as the debate coach for next year. Mrs. Sanders is still going to remain at Pearce teaching ESL. Mrs. Santarelli has volunteered to become the new debate coach.
“Hopefully with a new coach we can continue to excel in debate,” junior Thomas Mayer said.
“I really liked Mrs. Sanders, and I’m sad to see her go. We had lots of fun together in debate, and we are all going to miss her,” Thomas said.
Mr. Mark DeLano taught hospitality and dollars and sense last year. Mr. DeLano graduated from the Leadership Development Academy in student special services. He is aspiring to become an administrator. Mr. DeLano decided to move outside or RISD and will be missed by his students.
“Mr. DeLano was one of my favorite teachers at Pearce and was very insightful,” junior Nadir Samory said.
“He was one of the most beloved teachers by his students,” Nadir added.
These and other new staff members are expected to help make Pearce a greater learning community for all students. These new staff members could become students’ favorites, and many students are excited to see the impact of a new staff.