Richard Henry begins first year at FHS

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Jeremy Beaver, Staff Reporter

Going into his third year of teaching and his first at FHS, Richard Henry teaches chemistry and honors chemistry.

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Growing up in Westfield and graduating from Westfield High School, science was Henry’s favorite subject in school. Henry got his science degree from Indiana University Kokomo, then went back into the education program. Henry knew he wanted an occupation with science, but did not want to be trapped in a lab all day. In study groups, Henry was always the leader, explaining and teaching the material to his group.

“I wanted to do something where I was more socially involved with people,” Henry said. “Since I would always be teaching the stuff to my group, I thought education would be the best bet for me.”

After college, Henry student taught at Carmel for about 16 weeks. After Carmel, Henry taught science for two years at Tri-Central High School, located in Sharpsville about an hour away from FHS, where the building holds grades K-12 and last year had a graduated class of 53.

At FHS, Henry says he is still adjusting going from a school with a graduating class of 53 to a school with a graduating class of around 600, but loves the student’s willingness to learn. This year, Henry teaches chemistry and honors chemistry.