Staley Original: Carol Toney
15 Original Staff Members Left In School's 15th Year
Gifted Resource Specialist Carol Toney was one of the people who helped organize the opening day of the school. Toney said the first day was a vivid memory from her time at the school.
“I’ll never forget Mr. Anderson standing out there screeching with his voice,” Toney said. “We had blocked off the student entrance with these green ribbons. Mr. Mershon had swelling, orchestral music from The Naturals. The music is playing, everybody gets quiet, and there are skydivers coming down. They were the ones that brought in the Staley Falcon flag.”
As she was there to see the school develop its roots, maintaining that original vision was a strong motivator for Toney.
“Opening this building and seeing the vision for this building, I feel like I’m helping carry that original vision through,” Toney said.
As a Gifted Resource Specialist, seeing AP Research students’ ideas come to fruition was also a rewarding part of the job.
“I’ve found I really enjoy teaching AP Research,” Toney said. “ It’s really cool to watch the kids do the independent projects. The amount of growth I see in two years in students is phenomenal.”