Baron Beat

Published 2:48 pm Thursday, November 9, 2023

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Welcome Mrs. Riddick

The Barons have a new lady in the front office this year. Her name is Mrs. Stephanie Riddick and she is our new administrative assistant.

Even though she is new to GCHS, she is not new to working with students. Before she joined the Barons Family, she worked under the director of the exceptional students department in the central office, but came here because she was ready for a change. That change has been positive for her and she enjoys it here and has already started to settle in with the help of Mrs. Stephanie Jordan who also works in the front office.

Mrs. Stephanie Riddick wants all of GCHS students to “enjoy high school as much as possible and make good choices”. Welcome to the family Mrs. Stephanie Riddick!

By Kaitlynn Kopin

Baron Beat Staff Writer


Welcome Mrs. Boyce

When you think of an ISS (in school suspension) Coordinator, you are likely to think of a mean person. But at Gates County High School, Debbie Boyce defies that stereotype. She is not just an administrator; she’s a mentor, a friend, and a beacon of hope for students who find themselves in need of guidance.

She’s at the school bright and early ready to welcome students who are on time and assist with cafeteria duty. She also writes late passes for students who arrive late. After that she goes to the ISS room to oversee the students who have gotten in trouble. She requires the students to do their work while also providing a pep talk to boost their spirits.

She sees the potential that students have and makes her room a judgment free place so students are able to talk about what’s wrong and grow from it. She knows her role is not just a job; it’s a personal journey of inspiration.

Her past experiences as an assistant PE teacher in Currituck County Schools provided experience in always being ready to help. Throughout her day she is able to find time to maintain her busy schedule and keep her file system current. She has to make sure students’ and teachers’ attendance records are correct. Our ISS coordinator is not just an administrator but an inspiration to many students throughout the school!

By Kaitlynn Kopin

Baron Beat Staff Writer