Teachers leave, launching themselves into their new lives.

Nathan Lambert, Business Manager

Teachers are leaving, launching themselves forward into their futures, and that means leaving things behind as they rocket toward their new lives. There are a multitude of ways to do this, and not all of them are necessarily of their own choosing, as English teacher Jana Sturgell can attest.

I am moving because my husband took a new position at another golf course,” Sturgell said. “Otherwise, I would still be here.”

Sturgell has some regrets about leaving.

“It is a bittersweet move,” Sturgell said. “As much as I want to go, it is hard to leave my kiddos here at DHS.”

Sturgell had some parting advice for her students about what she wanted them to do.

“Change the world,” Sturgell said.

Not all of the teachers that are leaving are moving out of their homes. One such teacher is Algebra teacher Trent Parrish. He doesn’t do this because he lives close to Sterling, which is where he is going to teach next.

“I don’t actually have to move,” Parrish said. “I live in Rush Springs.”

Parrish, like all teachers, also has some things that he doesn’t want to leave.

“There are a lot of great people at Duncan, not only kids but faculty and staff,” Parrish said. “I have made a lot of good friends here and I’m definitely going to miss that.”

Also, while some move for their families, others move for different job opportunities

“I’m taking a head basketball job at Sterling High School,” Parrish said.  

Parrish also has some parting advice for his students.

“I just want kids to fight for themselves, and work as hard as they can to better themselves,” Parrish said.

Parrish wants his students that don’t have the best of situations to better themselves so that in the future their families can have better lives than they did.

One obstacles that teachers have to face when switching schools is teaching a different grade than they are used to or would prefer. One of these teachers is freshman  math teacher Erica Mackey.

“I am going to Empire to teach sixth grade math,” Mackey said. “My teaching background is actually elementary, that is what my degree is in.”

Mackey is going to teach at a level she specialises more in.

There are some things that she is going to miss when she moves, and moving from the elementary school to the high school, Mackey has learned some things.

“I have been able to get repeat students, or maybe not necessarily repeat students but students in the same family as students that I have already had,” Mackey said.

Mackey also had some parting advice concerning students.

“I want them to carry that ‘I can do’ attitude,” Mackey said.

When teachers move, they do think about their students, and they do care. Whatever the reason for their moving, teachers may leave the school, but they don’t leave our minds and gushy chest stuff.