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Valentina Contreras

Meet Mr. Noble and Ms. Grunklee, the new hall monitors at OHS

Roam the halls of OHS

November 1, 2021

Ms. Grunklee brings a friendly face to OHS halls

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Chase Martin

Ms. Grunklee is excited to be a hall monitor at OHS

Ms. Jacqueline Grunklee is a new hall monitor at OHS. Prior to OHS, she was a stay-at-home mom for six years. The 2021-22 school year is Ms. Grunklee’s first experience with hall monitoring in an official position, however, with five children, she has many experiences in handling students.

A high school hall monitor oversees the general safety on campus. Not only do hall monitors help the students and perform a variety of administrative and non-instructional duties, but they execute tasks that help support teachers. From patrolling the grounds to resolving conflicts, Ms. Grunklee provides a safe learning environment for the students and staff.

This school year, she is most excited about seeing the growth in the kids. Ms. Grunklee said, “At the beginning of the year there’s a lot of immaturity from the summertime so I’m really excited to see how far the kids go.” Ms. Grunklee is excited to work with the kids at OHS this school year.Students have shared many positive experiences with Ms. Grunklee these past two months. Junior Paiton Glynn says, “She’s super friendly and always brightens up the hallways.” OHS is proud to welcome a new hall monitor that brings smiles to each student’s faces.

Mrs. Grunklee’s  favorite part about being a hall monitor is witnessing maturity and character growth within the students. Watching students grow academically and personally is most rewarding to her. One of the things she is not fond of, being a hall monitor, is catching the kids in the act. Ms. Grunklee said, “That’s nerve racking to me. I just want the best for everybody.” She always wants to see the best in students and watch them exceed expectations.

Outside of school and roaming the halls looking for wandering students, Ms. Grunklee enjoys doing crafts with her children and taking them to swim and dance practice. The gentle kindness and initiative personality of Ms. Grunklee will bring a new sense of safety and familiarity to the halls at OHS.

Mr. Brandon Noble making a difference at OHS

Mr. Brandon Noble is making a difference around OHS halls

Lane Wagner

Mr. Brandon Noble is making a difference around OHS halls

Mr. Brandon Noble joined OHS this year as one of the newest hall monitors. A school hall monitor roams the halls during class periods and makes sure every student finds their way to the classroom. Mr. Noble also helps monitor the lunch room, ISS room, bussing area and security cameras at OHS. 

He is a former alumni of OHS. He graduated in 2005 and was a former student of Mr. Kath as Mr. Kath was his economics teacher. He got the job at OHS when he ran into Kory Kath at the fair. Mr. Noble said, “I ran into Mr. Kath at the fair, he said there was a job opening and said I would be good at it.” Mr. Noble is quickly becoming one of the most known names around the school.

Brandon Noble has quickly become one of the most known staff members around the school. Mr. Noble said, “Being a hall monitor is a very rewarding experience.” He loves coming to school to hangout with the kids and friendly staff members everyday. He said, “The only downside to being a hall monitor is seeing kids goof around and them not wanting to succeed in the classroom for themselves.” With all the roaming around, he said, “I need to get a step counter because I am walking around a lot.” Mr. Noble only wants the best for kids. Keeping students in the classroom and making sure they are not skipping classes throughout the day or roaming the halls, is what makes his job rewarding.

Being an educational assistant comes with its ups and downs, but for Mr. Noble, he enjoys being in a good environment and helping people.

Mr. Noble said, “I am looking forward to seeing what the future holds.” Students can usually find him around C plaza. Whether he is  roaming the halls, or taking on another job in the school. Mr. Noble is always ready for a new challenge. 

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