BY JALEN JENKINS & ABBI MITCHELL
This year we’re off to a great start welcoming three new staff members here at Benicia High School. We first had the pleasure of meeting Dwight Rogers our new vice principal. Mr. Rodgers grew up in Brooklyn, New York then made his way to Southern California, but grew tired of the traffic and busy lifestyle, so he decided to seek out a quieter town and found us here at Benicia High School. He first knew he wanted to work in a school when he was only 16 years old when he worked as a camp counselor and from then on he knew he wanted to work with young people. He had found his passion. He explained how in school he had a few teachers who didn’t treat him so well, but he also had adults who inspired him to become a teacher. His speech teacher in particular who was the first person who showed him kindness, gave encouragement, and gave him a platform to speak and be safe.
We then had the pleasure of meeting Megumi Sakamoto, our new Special Education, Resource Teacher & Case Manager. Ms. Sakamoto was born in San Francisco, but she grew up in Yokohama, Japan. Her initial major going into college was political sciences but as soon as she had her special needs son she had found her passion for helping people. Her inspiration was the preschool director at St. Helena Cooperative Nursery. She knew how to help all types of children and she wanted to learn and grow to be able to do the same thing.
We also met Ms.Morgan, a new english language arts teacher. Ms.Morgan was Born & raised in benicia, and even graduated from Benicia High School, but attended college at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon where her initial major was theater. Ms. Morgan chose to teach high school because she loves the subject matter and the high school atmosphere. This is Ms.Morgan’s first year at a public school, but she has had experiences in substitute teaching and teaching workshops, and even a comedy writing class . Her inspiration is her creative writing teacher in her senior year, Mr.Greenwood, who continued to mentor her to this day .She knew she wanted to be a teacher when she worked with a group of high school students in a comedy writing class, where she helped students progress and improve and wanted to continue helping.
We are excited to welcome our new staff to Benicia High School and start the 2019-2020 school year!