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South High welcomes Mr. Guindon

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Greetings from Mr. Guindon:

First off, let me say what a privilege and honor it is to be a staff member at South High School. I am the new 10th grade Humanities 2 American Literature teacher.

I currently teach five sections of Humanities 2, and I am enjoying the process of getting to know all of my students and co-workers.

I co-teach my 6th hour class with Mr. Blum, and I also work with Mr. Buszta, one of the 10th grade social studies teachers, as we coordinate student projects across our academic disciplines.

I am a 1996 graduate of Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. I was born and raised in the smaller Yooper town of Escanaba, MI on the north shore of Lake Michigan. I enjoyed cross-country skiing, and playing drums and percussion in various different groups.

My wife and I got married in 1998 and moved to the Twin Cities in 1999 in search of jobs. I was in various jobs outside of education until we started having the first of our four kids enter grade school. I realized then how much I missed being in a school environment.

I started working as an S.E.A. at Northrop Environmental School around 6 years ago. I fell in love working with those students, and I continue to use the skills and strategies I learned while working with them.

My most recent job in education was working in a special education classroom at Anishinabe Academy. Making and maintaining relationships is the key. Almost everything else becomes easier.

We currently have two sons attending South High School. Our 13 year-old daughter (8th grader at Sanford) and 11 year-old son (6th grader at Sanford) aren’t far behind. 

We are the occasionally proud owners of a boxer (Murphy) and a chihuahua (Lenny Kravitz).

I still play drums in a rock band. And I have a special love for jazz. I like to juggle, paddleboard in the summer on Lake Nokomis, and ride my bike. I love watching my kids play sports, sing, play in bands, act in plays, solve Rubik’s cubes (in record time), and spending time with my family.

Stop by room 245 any time.

And thank you for treating me so kind in my first weeks at South.

Here’s to a great rest of the school year.

Go Tigers!