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Ms. McManamon departs Jesuit to start new chapter

Ms. Melanie McManamon left her role as a Spanish teacher to start a new job as a first year student coordinator at Lewis and Clark College (photo courtesy: Mr. Falkner)

Spanish teacher Ms. McManamon is starting a new chapter at Lewis and Clark College after 10 years of teaching Spanish at Jesuit and Seton Catholic High School.

Ms. McManamon will work as a First Year Experience coordinator for incoming freshmen. She will help new students to get acclimated and comfortable in new classes while also working with upperclassmen to help mentor new students.

McMananmon’s decision to take her new path with Lewis and Clark College first formed when she started volunteering on the Encounter retreat and helping new freshmen at Jesuit. She’s enjoyed supporting students to navigate on finding who they are as a student but also a person.

“[I love] helping students to find themselves and connect with others and find their own passions,” McManamon said.

“What I have been trying to find is something that incorporates and focuses all of my attention on those things so that I can get the most out of what I do every day,” McManamon said.

Before this, Ms. McManamon had been teaching at Jesuit for 7 years. She’s loved working with her students and seeing them grow in their language. Ms. McManamon also expresses her appreciation for her fellow teachers and faculties.

“Everybody is together on the same mission which is really powerful and makes working fun,” McManamon said.

Her students enjoyed having her as a teacher and loved the positive energy she brought to her classrooms.

Junior Holly Tinker had Ms. McManamon as a Spanish teacher for the first time this year.

“I feel like she helped me so much learning a new language and helped me love learning Spanish,” Tinker said.

Ms. McManamon starts her new chapter with Lewis and Clark College but she leaves with a good message: it’s important to be confident in yourself and know what you want to do. The people who love you will support you and you need to take those leaps to find what you want to do.

“And it may not be perfect, but if it’s the right thing in your heart, you’ll know it,” McManamon said.

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Adelaide Hess
Adelaide Hess, Staff Writer
Adelaide Hess is starting her junior year at Jesuit High School as a transfer student. At her previous school, Northwest Academy, she found a love for photography, specifically black and white film photography. She loves being able to document moments in time and practice the art of processing film. She loves to photograph nature, from skiing on the slopes of mountains to basking in the freezing sand of the Oregon coast. But Adelaide has also found an interest in writing her thoughts across a page, giving her photos a written story. She loves experimenting with new vocabulary or practicing how to captivate an audience with an interesting narrative. Adelaide considers herself a creative and imaginative person, always trying to see her life through a lens or what sounds the best on paper to tell a story. She finds her inspiration by finding quiet places in life, taking a walk in the forest, or spending time with her dogs usually helps her mind escape writer's block. Adelaide wants to explore the journalism world of writing, growing her skills as an informative writer. Especially learning how to document and inform readers about the environment that she loves. Adelaide’s goal for the year would be to blossom as a writer but also find her way of protecting our home planet.