MC office staff experiences changing of the guard this summer

John Curtis, former educational specialist for the Middle College program, shows some of the equipment he and his students use in his new instructor position for OTC's construction department. Curtis worked as a general contractor for much of his adult career prior to working at OTC.

John Curtis, former educational specialist for the Middle College program, shows some of the equipment he and his students use in his  construction courses he now teaches for OTC. Curtis worked as a general contractor for much of his adult career prior to working at OTC.

By Ashley Roope & Keara Washington

A lot of changes have happened in the Middle College office with new people coming in and familiar faces leaving.

Since June, five major personalities left Middle College. Among them were former director Amy Wood, assistant director John Curtis, science teacher Mara Vaile, secretary Nancy McClure, and teacher Steve Meadows.

The changes caught some students off guard.

“Everyone was gone,” said senior Karen Stoddard. “It was weird. I didn’t know what happened.”

Stoddard feels the program has gotten back to normal.

“At first everything started kind of off rough,” Stoddard said. “Like everybody didn’t know what they were doing. It was a lot slower, but now things are a lot smoother.”

Wood decided she was ready for a change from the Middle College Office. She got a great opportunity as a counselor at Logan-Rogersville High School, she said.

“I like my job,” Woods said. “I enjoy positive interaction and working with others, but I also miss the students and teachers from the Middle College.”

Woods said she would like to come and attend our graduation.

Curtis left the Middle College program in early August to become an instructor of construction technology at OTC.

“I really enjoy working with the students,” Curtis said, “but I also miss working with the Middle College kids.”

Mr. Curtis said he really enjoyed working with the middle college students but he wanted to put what he know about construction to work by teaching it to others.

Vaile is now a science teacher at Central High School, McClure retired as a secretary, and Meadows took a full-time position a Willard High School.

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