East Clarendon Middle/High School is no stranger to hiring back it’s former students, and this is something they are proud of. Countless teachers and members hailed from the land of Wolverine’s, and most of them are also proud to return to the school that raised them.
However, in the past few weeks, students at ECMHS have been greeted with two very familiar faces, those of Tylik McCray and Alex Balon-Siguan.
Both of these former students graduated last year and were members of the Occupational Partners of Tomorrow class at East Clarendon.
“We are really able to see the fruits of our labor come to pass,” said teacher Adrianna Lee. “It really makes it all worth it.”
McCray accepted a position at East Clarendon in the cafeteria, where he enjoys washing the dishes and seeing the students he has been friends with for several years. Balon-Siguan accepted a custodial job where he gets to clean the part of the building that he used to attend class.
“This is the entire goal for our class, to get these kids out into the world as functioning members of society,” said Lee. “It’s an added bonus that we don’t have to miss them since they came right back to work here.”
According to Lee, the two have really enjoyed their return to East Clarendon.
“I think for both of them, being able to be around the people they’re used to and to work in a place where they’re comfortable,” said Lee. “The people here know them, and love them, and accept them. It makes a huge difference.”
Lee said their approach to class has been different, and a little bit more challenging, this year.
“It’s been different this year,” said Lee. “We have been doing a few things differently due to COVID-19, but we are supposed to have all of them back by March 1.”
As for Lee and the rest of the staff at East Clarendon, they could not be more happy to have some familiar faces roaming their halls once again.