In year 15 of the school being open, there are 15 original staff members left. Gifted teacher Carol Toney is one of the last 15.

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.

File Photo: For participants of the ALS walk, junior Kate Hanchette and NHS club sponsor Carol Toney distribute water bottles among bins. Toney decided to participate in the walk because she wanted to help a cause that connects to her personally. “My brother-in-law was diagnosed with ALS in 2013, so he has been battling ALS for the past eight and a half years. ALS is central to our family because my husband is also a caregiver for him,” Toney said. (Elyse Bredfeldt)

     “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.” 



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