Mount St. Mary welcomed six new faculty and staff today at new employee orientation.
(left to right): Ms. Rachel McLemore, History/Cross Country Coach; Mr. Justin Brady, Math; Ms. Cheri Martinka, AP Research/History/Theology; Mr. Cody Henry, History/Freshman Basketball Coach; Dr. Nilu Runge, Science; Mr. Mark Cottingham, Facilities
Meet the New Teachers
Mr. Brady will be teaching Algebra I. With many of his family members having attended Mount St. Mary, he says he “grew up around MSM and is excited to be teaching here.” His wife is a graduate of the school and one of his two daughters will be starting her senior year at MSM. Mr. Brady has been been teaching math for 17 years at The Anthony School.
Mr. Henry will be teaching American and World History and coaching the Mounties 9th grade basketball team. He is married with two children, a four-year-old daughter and 10-month-old son. Mr. Henry is excited to start teaching and coaching and hopes to pass on inquisitiveness to his students and team members by encouraging them to think critically and learn for themselves.
Ms. McLemore will be teaching American History and International Relations as well as coaching the MSM Cross Country team. She comes to MSM after 5 years of teaching at the University of Mississippi. She is excited to now be teaching high school at Mount St. Mary and helping her students prepare for college. As a history teacher, she hopes her students “become engaged in their communities and learn how to be citizens of our country and the world.”
Dr. Runge will be teaching Biology and Forensic Science. She comes to MSM after 26 years as a professor in the science department at the University of Central Arkansas, where she also served for a time as their concurrent credit coordinator. Dr. Runge says she looks forward to teaching biology and getting students ready for college and shares that forensic science is one of her passions. She hopes her biology students learn how science is applicable to everything in life and wants her forensic science students to learn different techniques and have fun at the same time.
Ms. Martinka is returning to MSM to teach AP Research, AP European History and Theology. She is thrilled about all the new AP classes and especially AP Research, one of the required courses in the AP Capstone diploma and certificate programs. Her hope for her students is that they “leave with the desire to know more.”