Emi McCullough ‘22: As the second semester kicks off, RHS welcomes a new teacher, Mr. Dominic Downs, to the community. He joins the Romeo staff in place of former teacher Mr. Robertson, who just began retirement.
Mr. Downs, the new economics teacher in the Health, Human, and Public Services Academy, began his first year of teaching on January 25th. He loved the community feel and the great school spirit, making Romeo a good fit for him.
“I attended Rochester University, and played baseball there for four years. And my previous job experiences include coaching travel summer baseball and working at a facility in Bloomfield Hills. Before coming to Romeo I was a student teacher at Reuther Middle School,” Downs said.
The adjustment to Romeo runs smoothly for Mr. Downs as he looks forward to building positive relationships with his students and getting to know them better throughout the second semester. The ability to impact kids’ lives truly inspires Mr. Downs’ passion for teaching. He wants to be a positive role model for students, and to help them achieve their goals in life.
This school year looks quite different from the rest. Teaching during a pandemic provides a hard task for teachers, but with it being Mr. Downs’ first time teaching his own class, he faces many new challenges.
“COVID-19 has played a role in my teaching by making me think outside the box on how to engage students more. It has tested my technology skills but has allowed me to grow as a teacher. While the pandemic has caused restrictions, it has also allowed me to realize how important it is to have a good relationship with my students and that engagement is crucial for learning,” Downs said.
Out of school, Mr. Downs loves to watch Netflix and Detroit sports. He recently picked up reading more and enjoys playing baseball and exercising as well.
The students, staff, and community of Romeo gives a warm welcome to Mr. Downs. We hope this new opportunity treats you well, and we look forward to the years ahead.