The family in our faculty

Jonathan Munroe, news-features writer

For some KHS teachers, faculty means friendship. But for four staff members, faculty means family. Katie Hall, math teacher and Kirkwood graduate of 1999, and Lucas Ravenscraft, social studies teacher and Kirkwood graduate of 2003, both have mothers who work in the main office, Mary Dahlem and Jacqueline Ravenscraft.

“It is wonderful to work with [Hall],” Dahlem said. “When I see her it makes my day. When you have adult children you rarely get to see them, but since we work in the same building, I can always help her out.”

Mary Dahlem, main office secretary, has been working at KHS since 1999 starting in the typing pool. Jacqueline Ravenscraft, KHS executive secretary, also got her start working in the school’s typing pool.

“When my son was in high school I knew everything that was going on with his teachers, classes and friends,” Jacqueline said. “I think he liked it in high school because if he needed money for something or forgot a check he could always come down and get it from me.”

Both Hall and Lucas agree working in the same building as their mothers is a key aspect in their relationships. They both know that their mothers are always there to give advice, relay information and can always lend a few dollars for a vending machine snack when needed.

“I can get answers outside of the school day when she comes over to see her grandkids,” Hall said. “She can also easily find me if she needs something done and can constantly nag me.”

Lucas uses his good relationship with Jacqueline to get information from the office during the school day such as different scheduling and fire alarm drills. Since his days in high school, he and his friends both knew the benefit of having his mother in the main office.

“I always saw it as a benefit because my mom and I get along great, but when I was in school my friends benefited because I always had to get to school early,” Lucas said. “My friends would always go in to try to get a pass from my mom when they were late to avoid tardies.”

These two relationships between mother and child make KHS seem more family oriented to these faculty members. Hall and Lucas both know that whenever they need something or someone to talk to they both have a parent in the building who will offer a helping hand.

“You are both a part of the same stories that are happening,” Dahlem said. “You have more interesting conversations and share the same history that is a place bigger than your family.”