New teachers are enthusiastic about working with GCHS students and staff
by Laura Haley
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A new year means lots of new faces at Grand County High School. In addition to a new class of freshman students, GCHS will also have several new teachers.

Anthony Barrett will be teaching math. Barrett is no stranger to GCHS. He graduated from the school in 1970. Since then, he’s spent his time teaching in Denver, as well as living in Japan, San Diego and San Francisco. Barrett has previously worked as an engineer and a geologist, and he hopes to use his expertise from those areas to help his students. Barrett said he is excited about the opportunity to teach at his alma mater.

“Having grown up, I started to discover that, you know, maybe Moab wasn’t so bad,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to move back.”

Barrett said he’s taught in many schools, including spending the last few months of the last school year at Grand County Middle School.

“I’m very much looking forward to a much smaller school,” he said.

Bryce Rogers will be teaching pre-calculus and math. Rogers moved to Moab last year when her husband was offered a job as a health inspector. Prior to that, she worked for Shell Oil in New Orleans, as a geophysicist. Some students will be familiar with Rogers as she worked at GCHS last year as a teacher’s aide.

“Teaching is something I always hoped I could do with my life,” she said. “I’m just lucky enough that they had a position open that I was qualified for.”

Rogers said she really enjoyed her experiences at the high school last year, and she’s hoping that a full-time position will be even more fun.

Ryan Nelson was in love with Moab before he was even offered the job at GCHS. As a recreational rock climber, Nelson was excited by the opportunity to be surrounded by Moab’s red rocks. Nelson will be joining the GCHS team as a special education paraprofessional.

After moving to Moab from Missoula, Montana, Nelson is looking forward to becoming a part of the Moab community.

“I’ve always wanted to work with special education, but I didn’t have the endorsement,” he said. “Luckily the team at the high school is willing to work with me while I obtain it.”

Nelson said he’s expecting to experience personal growth as he works with the students at the high school.

“It’s just a great opportunity that’s presented itself,” he said.

Lauren McCrady discovered Moab while attending Westminster College in Salt Lake City.

“When I moved to Nevada to attend graduate school, I found that I couldn’t stop thinking about Moab,” she said. She had originally planned on getting her Ph.D, but changed her plans so she could move to southeastern Utah.

McCrady will be teaching freshman and sophomore English.

“And Defense Against the Dark Arts,” she joked, referencing a class taught in the “Harry Potter” novel series.

McCrady has wanted to be a teacher since she was 15.

“I enjoy learning alongside my students, and I love empowering others through education,” she said. “I was the first person in my family to go to college, and I achieved that in large part because so many of my teachers believed in me.”

The new teachers will be joined by July Argyle, a special education teacher from California. Argyle spent the last five years overseas volunteering with the Peace Corps in Africa.

“I came back and decided I wanted to get back into teaching,” she said.

Argyle said she’d traveled through Moab years ago and felt a connection.

“I remembered that I’d fallen in love with it,” she said.

Argyle said she decided she wanted to live here if possible, and when she got online, she was surprised to find a job opening that fit her qualifications.

“I’m looking forward to meeting my new students,” she said.

Liticia Perez will also be joining the GCHS staff as an English and social studies teacher. Perez could not be reached for an interview prior to press time.

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