The Peabody High Science Department took a substantial hit over the summer. The beloved Mr. Juhasz, famous for his seemingly endless intelligence and awesome affinity for explosions, had to move away in mid-August due to the expiration of his work visa.
Mr. Juhasz came to the United States a number of years ago from his home country of Hungary to become a teacher here. Juhasz was allowed in the country through a work visa, which allows an extended stay and the ability to work in the country, but has to be renewed
every five years. Unfortunately, the time elapsed too soon, and Juhasz has lost his ability to stay in the country.
Juhasz, because of this expiration, is now in China teaching at an international school.
In talking to Mr. Jonsson, the new AP Chemistry teacher, about this matter; it was revealed that another Science teacher has been hired, Mr. Casey, who is filling the staff opening left by Juhasz.
“We hired someone to take his job because he’s not here, we need a teacher,” reflected Mr. Jonsson on the matter.
Unfortunately, it seems that even if Mr. Juhasz comes back to the country, he may not even be able to come back as a teacher here at Peabody High.
“If he comes back to the US next year and has all his paperwork in order,” Jonsson remarked on the situation, “unless a chemistry teacher quits, then there would be no job here for him to apply for.”
With this loss of one of our revered teachers, the impacts could be far-reaching. For many, Juhasz was the reason why they would take AP Chemistry, and the reason they didn’t give up on themselves through the course.
Mr. Jonsson detailed “Well, obviously everyone really liked him, so it’s always tough to lose a teacher that’s been around for a long time that’s well liked and has a really positive reputation among the students.”
“From my perspective, it’s how does this effect the enrollment in AP Chem for next year? I don’t know, a lot of that’s going to depend on how I teach it this year because probably if I’m teaching it this year, and I don’t totally screw it up, I’ll probably teach it next year too.”
In regards to how his AP Chemistry class has gone so far, the expectations played out, and with his amiable personality it doesn’t seem likely a total screw-up will occur.
According to junior Ann St. Cruz, "He definitely knows his chemistry, but it's much too early in the year to accurately assess him as a teacher. I think he will be a good teacher though."
Thinking about taking over the class Mr. Jonsson said he was, “A little nervous about it, it’s a start because I haven’t taught AP Chem start to finish before, I just kind of came in mid-year and finished it off. So, I was worried about the pacing, but after a week of it, I’m feeling much more confident in my ability to get it done.”
Jonsson also added, “I mean, obviously, I don’t know long term pacing. At the pace you’re going to handle the material that were going to get through that’s a question that I’m still, I’ve got to look at. I’ll probably have a better idea after a month.”
We have high hopes for Mr. Jonsson though, with his scientific know-how, his devotion to learning, and his lively personality it seems Mr. Jonsson will fill the big shoes left by Mr. Juhasz just fine.
It's definitely going to be interesting this year to see what will happen with Mr. Juhasz gone, but, as Senior Valerie Folan put it, "China has gained a great teacher and a superb mentor."
As it seems, the school won’t erupt into a fiery explosion, like those in Mr. Juhasz’s dreams, by his departure. We’re going to be alright.