New Teacher: Jackson Hayes
College: East Carolina University undergraduate degree in Business and Marketing Education and MBA (Masters in Business Administration).
Position: Career Development Coordinator
Motivation: Love for Apex and impacting students. “I was a high school teacher for the past few years in Guilford County. I felt like I was making a great impact on the classroom, but I felt that my interactions were somewhat limited to the students that I taught in my classes. As the Career Development Coordinator here at Apex High, I get to help all students decide what they want to do after they leave Apex High and how to accomplish those goals (larger range of Impact)!”
Marriage: His wife is the new Drama teacher at Athens Drive High School.
Favorite T.V. show: Game of Thrones
Favorite music artists: The Killers, Death Cab for Cutie, The Strokes, and Mumford and Sons
Biggest college mistake: “My first semester of college, I signed up for 8 am classes! Don’t do it! You may think that you can handle it because we start the day here at 7:18. It’s different; don’t do it!”
Favorite thing to discuss among friends or students: Business ideas. “I love making money, and I’m always searching for the angle!”
Most nostalgic song: Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey. “It’s a pretty big deal at ECU!”
Advice to graduating seniors: “The end is closer than you think! Most of the things that you were waiting to do this year probably should have been done. Deep breaths, come to Room 240 and the CDC (Mr. Hayes) will help you figure out a game plan!”
Question and Answer
Q: “Is your reputation according to students important to you?”
A: “As it relates to trust and competence, it is very important to me. I’ve never worried about being the cool teacher. I just try to do everything I can to help you succeed.”
Q: “If you were trapped in a grocery store for a whole night, what would you eat given that you’re hungry?”
A: “I’d probably grill some steaks. I would definitely eat some ice cream too (It’s my favorite)!”
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