Leggett Valley High School is growing.
In the past two years, the student population has more than tripled, spurring the school to hire more instructors, according to a news release from the school.
“We are happy with our growth at Leggett Valley High School over the past two years,” Principal Anthony Loumena said in the release. “Having four teachers on staff now and being able to offer classes with a teacher-student ratio of 5 to 1 is a strength for us. Students get the individual attention they need at our school.”
In July 2015, according to the release, Leggett Valley High had five students and two teachers. As of April 2017, there are 18 enrolled students and two new teachers have been hired for the 2017-18 school year.
Amber Godey-Hamor will be the new full-time English teacher.
Godey-Hamor is a local resident who previously taught English at Humboldt State University. She also taught Italian at UC Santa Barbara.
“Amber brings a college perspective to our campus that we have not had before,” the release stated. “She knows what the universities are looking for as far as background in English and Foreign Language. We are excited to have her as part of our team.”
In addition to teaching English, Godey-Hamor will teach Italian and she is tasked with restarting the drama program.
The other new instructor is Kasey Bresso, a graduate of Kelseyville High School and a recent graduate from the University of Wyoming. She is set to be a history instructor.
“Kasey brings an excitement and enthusiasm to our high school that will really liven up our history program,” the release stated. “He is a small-town guy that is really looking forward to becoming part of our staff.”
Loumena said there is excitement around the school about the new additions and what it means for the future.
“We are excited for next year as we continue our resurgence as the high school of choice for many students in this area,” Loumena said. “The buzz about next year is growing around here. It is a good time to be a Panther!”