Cambell Geibel ‘21: As the days of sleeping in and lounging at the pool fade away, the season of football games and sweatshirt weather approaches quickly. While most students drag their feet and dread starting school again, this year, Romeo kids eagerly await the thrilling new adventures they know lay ahead. The beginning of this school year contains a lot of exciting things for Romeo High School. Just a few things students adjust to this year include the new building, block schedule, and different classes. These changes affect more than just the students, they affect the staff and teachers as well, especially for new teachers, like Janelle Lie.
Working at Oxford High School for the past two years, Lie taught medical classes, similar to those offered at Romeo. For her first year teaching at Romeo, her schedule consists of Emergency Medical Response classes and Advanced Health Occupations. Even with the years of experience she carries under her belt, teaching these classes at the new building presents a different environment altogether.
“The new building is beautiful. It’s going to be really nice to have the space we need in these classes and have flexible furniture options,” Lie said. “To have the new equipment and new working facilities, for example when we look at our stretchers and hospital beds, just having enough room for that is really important. It’s really awesome that my first year got to be the same as everyone else’s at this new building.”
This year Lie takes on a few new roles in the Romeo Community, not only as a teacher, but as a HOSA ambassador alongside Mrs. Pile.
“I’ve been very excited at the idea of working with a team of other teachers, because at Oxford it was just me and it was a very small program. Here at Romeo there are a lot more career oriented options and there are a lot more opportunities for students to take those career classes,” Lie said. “I’ve done HOSA at Oxford for two years so I’m excited to see how it will compare at Romeo, it should be a lot of fun.”
Before teaching, Lie worked in the medical field. She always knew she wanted to help people, but it wasn’t until she coached basketball that she realized she wanted to pursue teaching and help kids. Contributing to her enthusiasm for teaching, Romeo students impressed Lie in her first week at the high school.
“From what I’ve seen so far, everyone has been just very willing to help. You can tell it’s a very close knit community. The students are very goal oriented and academically driven,” Lie said. “More than anything I’m just really excited for this year and excited for this new adventure. I’m very enthusiastic about teaching and I’m very happy to be in Romeo. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”
With an impressive history in the medical field and a passion for teaching, Lie seems an excellent addition to the amazing teaching staff in Romeo. Sure to leave a positive impact and contribute so much to her students and colleagues, Romeo High School welcomes Mrs. Lie with open arms.