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A Principal
Very ambitious (has a 20-year plan); member of the Rotary Club and local Republican Club (active in both); delegates authority to able administrative assistants and runs a "tight ship." Has a "master's-plus" in administration.
  
          
          
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Secretary
Has been in this school since it was built and quite indispensable to its smooth functioning. Runs most faculty social functions.

  
        
  
  
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Janitor
Fond of children, but stern. He tends to allow extensive use of the school building, but has strict rules and is inflexible about infractions.

  
        
  
  
D

Math Chairman
A veteran in the school, he runs the most experienced department with a minimum of effort. Is involved much more in out-of-school activities such as the local garden club and conservation organization. Still regrets the repeal of prohibition.

  
          
          
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Math Teacher
Working hard to complete her Master's thesis because the salary increment will supplement husband's uncertain income from new construction business. Acts as attendance coordinator and has tended to get somewhat sour about students and their parents.

  
            
              
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Math Teacher
Just about the most respected and liked teacher in the school. Students enjoy the humorous examples he uses in teaching algebra. Exudes a sense of self-confidence and has no enemies among the staff. Serves as advisor to the Student Council. Never misses a PTA meeting.

  
      
      
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Science Chairman
Known more for his eagerness and energy than administrative skill. He comes up with new instructional ideas faster than they can be implemented since he is working on a Master's and often tries out suggestions discussed in his graduate classes. Among older staff, he's considered somewhat erratic.

  
    
    
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Science Teacher
Has spent years collecting specimens, preparing new instructional materials, and organizing laboratory procedures. Open to new techniques of proven value. Insists on an orderly classroom. His success in teaching makes his respected by alumni and fellow teachers.

  
          
          
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Science Teacher
A true naturalist, she knows and passes on information about local flora and fauna and encourages field trips on weekends. Advises the students' Earth Day Club. Is usually available to chaperone dances.

  
          
          
J

Social Studies Chairwoman
Although competent and knowledgeable, she is head of a somewhat troubled department characterized by a high turnover rate. Most of the work, administrative and pedagogical, has to be done singlehandedly by her. Working on a Master's degree in American Studies.

  
          
          
K

Social Studies Teacher
Seen as a 'male chauvinist" by some of the staff members. Spends every possible weekend hunting or fishing and is a big hockey fan. Has a resentful attitude toward the chairperson (and the middle school in general). Is working on a Master's in School Administration.

  
              
            
L

Social Studies Teacher
An enthusiastic first-year teacher. She defines education as total personal growth and as much is equally involved in her classroom teaching, advising the staff of the school newspaper, and supporting ad hoc clubs on social and political issues. This last leads to conflict with other staff members on occasion.

  
    
    
M

Language Arts Chairman
Likes his job and well he should for he has an energetic and cohesive department. Encourages inter-visitation among his teachers. Otherwise, he follows established routine and urges his teachers to develop efficient classroom management procedures. Seems to be on the inside in school "politics."

  
        
        
N

Language Arts Teacher
A neighborhood kid who attended this school as a child and lives being back and teaching in it. Although she has certification as a reading specialist, she tends to seek and follow the advice of those on the faculty who used to be her teachers.

  
        
        
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Language Arts Teacher
Just awarded tenure. Considered to be a good teacher by her colleague and the chairman. Although usually not among the first to try new methods, she keeps up with recent developments in literature, the theater, and the arts in general. Is faculty advisor to the Drama Club.

  
      
          
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Foreign Language Teacher
Teaches Spanish, but also speaks Portuguese and French fluently. She travels extensively, enjoying herself and also collecting materials to use in her teaching. Never uses the same lesson plans tow years in a row. An avid supporter of the local public TV station. Seldom attends a faculty social function.

  
    
    
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Industrial Arts Teacher
A very good teacher and an acclaimed metal sculptor. Advocates hands-on education and encouragement of students' natural curiosity. Runs the metal and woods shops, and teaches drafting and mechanical drawing as well. Seems always to have time for students but spends little time socializing among the staff.

  
      
      
R

Art Teacher
Feels saddled with five-thumbed, left-handed students whose talent seems to extend only as far as messing up the art room. Goes to London, Paris, and Florence every summer and has stayed at the same hotel in each city for the last 11 years.

  
              
            
S

Music Teacher
Carries a heavy load of extracurricular activities: the school band, orchestra, spring festival, winter musicale and, of course, appreciation classes. Loves music, enjoys his colleagues and likes his students although he wishes they had more talent and enthusiasm.

  
        
        
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Boys' Phys Ed Teacher
Seems to welcome additional responsibilities and so has been given many of them. Teaches regular phys. Ed. classes, coaches the basketball team and acts as boys' dean. A strict disciplinarian in all his roles. An outspoken defender of the old promotion guidelines which are currently under scrutiny by a citizens' group.

  
            
              
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Girls' Phys Ed Teacher
Has a very demanding job; teaches regular gym and health classes, organizes and runs girls' after school programs, and acts as the girls' dean. Feels strongly the girls need a variety of in-school experiences and should have an equal share of school resources. Involved in Girl Scouts and church.

  
          
          
V

Home Ec Teacher
Popular with the students whom she sees in class and at after-school functions. The faculty, too feel comfortable around her and rely on her predictable domesticity.

  
        
        
W

Guidance Counselor
Formerly in personnel in a small advertising firm in the city. Is happy with this position, but aware of its limitations. Engaged in developing alternative procedures for dealing with discipline problems. The object of some resentment from teachers who feel he is more supportive of difficult students than is necessary.

  
      
      
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Library / AV Coordinator
Is accepted by the rest of the staff who see her as a real professional. Encourages student use of the library which she is turning into a multi-media resource center in spite of limited budget.

  
      
      

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