EUGENE — Marist High School wrapped up the first quarter of the new year, welcoming new students and eight staff members who joined the Marist teaching staff for the 2012-13 school year.
“With the largest ninth grade class in our history, we’ve been blessed to add very strong, experienced teachers to go with our already excellent staff,” said Jay Conroy, the principal. “Our new hires have already been active joining in our community—participating in staff retreats, coaching athletic teams and leading fall student retreats.” Amy Becker is a University of Notre Dame graduate with a bachelor's degree in chemistry and a minor in peace studies. She also has a Masters in Education from the University of Missouri. She previously taught for three years at an all-girls Catholic school, Resurrection College Prep in Chicago. She is teaching 9th grade science and one period of astronomy.
Noah Breslaw is teaching freshman and sophomore math. Breslaw grew up in Pleasant Hill and attended Western Oregon University and came to Marist with four years of experience from Scio High School. He also helped coach football this fall.
James DeCrane is teaching Spanish I and II. He has degrees in journalism and Spanish from Indiana University and a master's in education from Wayland Baptist University. DeCrane was born in upstate New York and after traveling the U.S., settled in Alaska to teach for the last seven years at Lumen Christi High School in Anchorage.
Grant Gilchrist is a math teacher and self-described family man. He is married and has one son. He is an alumnus of Sheldon High School in Eugene, has a degree from the University of Oregon in math education and a masters in education. Gilchrist comes to Marist with teaching experience at the high school and community college levels. At Marist he is teaching 9th and 11th grade math.
First-year teacher David Haggard, the newest addition to the Marist theology department, is teaching both freshmen and juniors. He moved from Minnesota where he recently graduated with a masters in theology from St. Paul Seminary. He has completed his first season as an assistant coach for the football program and is looking forward to helping with the Marist Chess team.
Jericho Schwab teaches freshman English and Spanish I. Named Lane County’s 2011 Teacher of the Year, she previously taught at Thurston High in Springfield where she also ran the “Mr. Thurston” pageant and led the school spirit group. Schwab has taught at the middle school level at St. Paul Parish School in Eugene.
Denise Smith joined Marist as the main office secretary and administrative assistant for the athletic department. She is the mother of two Marist students and an eighth-grade daughter. She has extensive experience in the private sector, including work in the Eugene area and as a regional representative for a national company.
Craig O’Bryant is the head of maintenance and facilities. His experience includes a background in electrical maintenance and general facilities management.