Ms. Haley Stallworth is this year’s new guidance counselor who handles students with the last name letters ‘Db-J’. Although new this year, Stallworth has some prior experience at both Apex High School and as a guidance counselor. From 2002 to 2003, she served as an intern under former counselor Ms.Harrington, and from 2003 to September of 2007, Stallworth was an official counselor. Stallworth then took some time off to raise her daughter, born in 2007, and then her son, born in 2009, before returning back to AHS.
Bryce Cullen and Patrick LaLiberte
What is your name? Where are you originally from? What school did you go to… and degrees and such? I got my undergraduate and graduate, both from State. My Undergraduate is in psychology and my graduate in education.
Are you single or married? Married.
Do you have any kids or pets? One kid, expecting a second. No pets right now. I’m pretty excited to be having a boy; I have a girl right now.
Amelia Borger & Jessica Stiehm
Staff Writer and News Editor
Apex High has gained a handful of new staff this year, including Rodney Smith, a new assistant principal. Mr. Smith came from Apex Middle after administrating there for three years. Education has always been a big part of his life, a sentiment that he owes to his mother, who he considers to be the biggest influence in his life. By the end of his high school career he became the Salutatorian of his class. He has attended the University of Virginia, North Carolina Central University, Gardner Webb University, and hopes to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for his Doctorate in education. He is an avid Tarheel fan as his wife attended the school.
Meenakshi Sathish and Ashton Baysden
Features Editor and A & E Editor
There is a connotation that comes along with the title “intern”. It is presented by a jittery millennial who rushes down the halls with two trays of coffee in his hands trying to keep his internship. However, Mr. House is far from the intern we have laughed at on films and sitcoms.
Madeline Rudd and Amanda Dybal
Tell us about yourself? Ms. Patrick was born in Pennsylvania, later moved to Ohio. When she first started working in the school system, she was originally an elementary teacher but later got her degrees in school counseling and psychology. She now has four children, the youngest being an Apex graduate.
What were you like as a student? When we asked her what she was like as a student, she said, “Most educators were good students in school.” She also played lacrosse through high school, which was a new sport in schools for women and was only up north in the Pennsylvania area.
Andrew Bulieris and Jacob Sosdian
Sports Editor and Staff Writer
Before coming to Apex: He was a police officer in Raleigh, was In Raleigh for 4 in half years. Worked in field Operations and then Special Operations for an impact team.
Became a Police Officer because: His father was the chief of police and his grandfather was fire chief for 50 years.
Favorite Movie: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Thoughts on Apex High School: Very big. Wide open campus. Becomes a concern because students can walk out on many doors.
Carlee Lewis and Amber Hancock-Burns
Teaching Experience: Taught 8 years at Leesville Road High School in business and marketing.
Why she is the director of AOIT: It’s all about “flexing a new muscle.” Ms. Robinson wanted to help students to graduate high school, reach college, and eventually the work force.
Main tasks of the AOIT director: The AOIT director puts moving parts together to make them work. Helping students combine technology and presentation skills to eventually help them to be as ready for college and working as possible.
Educational Background: Went to school at NC State University and earned a graduate degree in business and marketing.
College: Pembroke State (Undergraduate Degree), UNC Chapel-Hill (Master’s Degree)
Majored in: Social Studies (Undergraduate Degree), Master’s in Administration (Master’s Degree)
Born in: Selma, NC (Johnston County): lived there until he attended college: played Football, Baseball, and Wrestled in High School.
Family: He is married and has two daughters, one who attends Appalachian University and one who is currently attending Apex High School and plays soccer. His wife also currently owns her own accounting firm.
Favorite Hobbies: Attending college wrestling matches, coaching wrestling and football, and outdoors activities including fishing.
Favorite Movies and TV shows: Watching ESPN and The Food Network and movies including The Last Samurai, Gladiator, The Sandlot, and Forever Strong.
Inspiration for coming back to Apex this year: He wanted to take over Wrestling Program, and his daughter transferred to Apex this year. He also has wanted to come back to Apex ever since he left, says “It feels like coming home.”
Biggest Pet Peeves: Laziness and mediocrity are his biggest pet peeves.
Favorite Moment from Coaching: In 2011 he coached the Apex Wrestling team, “Was a small team but they were very hard workers.” Three quarters of the team were state qualifiers and all that placed in States won state championships. The team as a whole placed tenth in the state.
Favorite Aspect of his job: Enjoys interacting with students and helping them learn new things: likes helping athletes progress and get better every day.
What would he be doing if he weren’t a Teacher or a Coach? He says he has no idea what he would be doing, but when he is done with teaching and coaching, he wants to live in the mountains and would like to do lots of outdoor activities.
Robyn Moore, Spanish teacher, started her first year of teaching at Apex High this August. Moore is originally from Lebanon, Pennsylvania, where she attended Cedar Crest High and Lebanon Valley College. While attending Lebanon Valley, Moore studied music but then decided on studying Spanish instead and received the Spanish Student of the Year Award, Community Service Award, and summa cum laude--summa cum laude is the highest of three degrees of praise. Moore’s love of the Spanish language is what made her get into teaching and why she chose Spanish as the subject she teaches. Moore says her favorite phrase in Spanish is ‘me gustan los gatos’ which can be translated to ‘I love cats’. Outside of school, Moore enjoys playing the piano, singing and cooking-- “...Although that's more for survival,” Moore said about cooking. Moore currently has no kids and is getting married in the summer. Her biggest pet peeve is laziness, her favorite movie is ‘A Walk to Remember’, her favorite artist is Beethoven, and as expected, her favorite subject in school was Spanish.
Before coming to Apex, Moore did student teaching in Pennsylvania. Moore loves the people and energy of Apex High, but if she had any dislikes, it would be the technology; she hasn’t quite gotten the hang of using them. Compared to other schools she’s been to. Moore says, “Apex’s students get here and turn in their homework on time, and the staff has shown to be very helpful.” But, if Moore hadn’t gone into teaching she’d want to be a translator. Moore says half her students possibly perceive her as strict, and the other students see her as more laid back because they “haven’t seen how strict she is.” Her most memorable moment as a teacher would be seeing students outside of school, because you never really hear about what happens after they leave the class. Her advice to the students is to study and always do their best, “if you try your hardest, then that’s all you can do,” Moore says.
From: from the Midwest (Illinois)
College: She went to Meredith College where she achieved her bachelor’s in family consumer sciences
Subject: Apparel I, Apparel II, Foods I
What did you do before coming to Apex High School? “I was a teacher at Wakefield High School.”
Why did you become a teacher? “I had really good family consumer science teachers when I was in high school, so I wanted to do the same thing.”
Why did you choose your subject area? “I feel like you can be really creative with it and family consumer sciences deals with many things. It’s interior design, foods and nutrition, personal finance, fashion, and child development.”
Favorite book: The Great Gatsby
Favorite movie: She loves Disney movies, in particular The Lion King.
What are your thoughts on Apex High School so far? “I feel like the students seem really responsible, and if I ever need something, someone is always willing to help me. I like all of my coworkers because they are all so nice, and I love my students.”
Hobbies: anything dealing with the outdoors
Pet Peeves: hearing people chew and when people are not on time
Awards: Received an award in college for being an outstanding senior in her department
What were you like as a student? “I always went to class, and I never skipped when I was in high school. I skipped a couple of times when I was in college, but you just have those days. I tried to avoid procrastinating, that way I didn’t have to worry about it later on.”
What advice would you give to students? “Don’t be afraid to ask for help, because typically everyone has been in the same boat as you at one point. Also go to class! The only way you’re not going to pass is if you don’t show up. “
If you weren’t teaching what do you think you would be doing? “I would probably be doing something with fashion or within the fashion industry.”
Inspiration: Her family consumer science teacher when she was in high school because, “she always made class really fun, and I always looked forward to going to her class. She and I have actually kept in contact, and she has been my support system throughout my career.”
Most memorable moment as a teacher: The first time she received a thank you note from a student
What do you think your students think of you? “Honestly they probably think I look too young to be a teacher. I hope they would think that I’m fair with everyone and that I am nice.”