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New Teacher Interview, Curtis Lilly
By Jameson Mandl
Woodbury Central welcomes the new high school science teacher, Mr. Curtis Lilly. Mr. Lilly chose WC because “I like the area and I like small schools.”
Mr. Lilly, who has been teaching for 25 years, grew up in Meridian, a town in East Central Mississippi. When asked to describe his personality, he says, “Passionate-honest, hardworking, nice, and loud.”
The toughest part of the job for Mr. Lilly is getting all students “to be their best, especially when they don’t know what their best is.” Mr. Lilly is most satisfied with his job when students do get it.
When Mr. Lilly is at school, he “likes to have time to do things right” while he is working; with a smile, he adds that he is “a little ADHD at times.” He likes to use spreadsheets, calendars, and lists to keep organized and claims that he finds himself thinking “out of the box all the time. I like to make people think so I always question things, even when I agree with them.”
Mr. Lilly, who plans to earn his doctorate, got his Bachelor’s Degree at Westmar College in LeMars and his Master’s Degree at Southern Miss University. At his last school, he taught high school science and was the boy’s track head coach. Mr. Lilly and his wife Kim have three married children and four grandchildren. In life, he values quality time with his family.
By Dawson Petersen
Woodbury Central projects a slight growth in student numbers this year; according to Superintendent Glackin, the official count day is Oct. 1. Preliminary numbers indicate a growth of 16 students and a student population of 624 in preschool through grade 12. The largest class is 53 (Grade 8) and the smallest is 30 (Kindergarten). The elementary currently has 306 students, the middle school has 140 students, and the high school has 147 students. "These students are taught by 46 strong teachers," explained Superintendent Glackin.
This year’s senior class has 43 students. According to Superintendent Glackin, "The class is strong academically. They excel in the state reports, they challenge themselves by taking upper level classes, and they maintain high grade point averages.” He adds, “Not only are they leaders in the classroom, but also in extracurricular activities. The participation rates in the senior class are high.”
Superintendent Glackin states. “At the beginning of every school year there is optimism.” He believes the optimism stems from a dedicated and knowledgeable staff, community support for the school, and students who are enjoyable to work with.