Joe Toppe Staff Writer
August 29, 2013
EASLEY – A variety of new faces will enter the faculty and student body of Easley High School for the first time this upcoming year.
“This is my first year at Easley High School as a teacher,” said English teacher, Diana Horton. “I taught part-time where I am from in Tennessee for a disciplinary school and I learned a lot about behaviors there. I also worked in Maine with small children affected by autism and I learned a lot about different behaviors there, so hopefully I can take all of this and apply it to my first year teaching at Easley High School.”
Horton said along with her first year teaching duties, she will also serve as the assistant coach for the girls’ golf team.
“I played golf growing up and I am thankful because it allowed me to go to college where I received a golf scholarship to Tennessee Tech University and played four years there,” she said. “Soon after graduation, I moved to Florida to pursue a golf career but I what I enjoyed most about that job was teaching the kids to play, so that is why I went back to school to get my teaching certification and I am thrilled to not only teach the subject that I love but also coach golf.”
Ninth graders Derrick Phillips and Sarah Campbell are excited about entering their first year in high school.
“I am excited about finally leaving Gettys Middle School,” Phillips said. “I play sports. I play both football and basketball and I am excited about playing football for the Green Wave. I also plan on going to college after high school.”
Campbell is eager to continue her education beyond high school.
“I am excited about being at Easley High School,” Campbell said. “After I graduate from Easley High School, I plan on continuing my education and going to college and getting both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree.
Campbell said she hopes to attend the University of South Carolina or Mars Hill University in North Carolina.
First year social studies teacher, Lennon Murphy, is a recent Clemson University graduate and is happy to call Easley home.
“If I had one place I wanted to call home and teach when I was at Clemson, it would have been Easley,” Murphy said. “I am really glad to be here teaching social studies here at Easley High School.”