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Why Triton Alumni Come Back to Work at their Alma Mater


Cam Neary

A yearbook photo of Triton staff member Coach Mac

When walking through these very halls, you would not be hard pressed to come across a faculty member who is an Alumni of Triton High School. From the Reach Department to Central Office to TLC, there are upwards of 25+ teachers and staff members that took “homecoming” to a new level.
When digging into the research of these personnel, a deduction can be made as to why they make a decision to return back to their Alma Mater. Triton Alumni typically feel comfortable in coming back to Byfield due to a sense of familiarity, prior positive experience, or a sense of “fate.”
No matter what year you graduate, across the board there are alumni who feel that Triton is familiar and comfortable to re-enter. When speaking to Central Office Administrative Assistant to the Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment and holder of worlds longest job description Kayla Ricker, a similar response is seen.
“I started applying all around the district” Ricker said. “…I found it easier as a 23 year old doing some of her first interviews to do them in a district I knew and felt comfortable with.” Not only is the High School appealing, but the district as a whole is seen as comfortable and welcoming. From what it seems, once you’re in, you’re in.
“When it came time to look for a position that I could stay in long-term, it was a no-brainer for me to try to stay in the district.”
Wether it be a genuine past love or a rose-tinted glasses situation, alumni seem to commonly be swelled to return based almost entirely on their past love of the district. Among other factors, the prior experience of the high school was enough to help persuade faculty such as Special Ed Aide, Mrs. Beaulieu, and TRMS Principal, Mr. MacRae.
When speaking with principal MacRae about why he got a job with his Alma Mater, there is a similar message relayed.
“I had a great experience at Triton as a student and always felt a positive connection to the school.”
Mrs. Beaulieu shared the same sentiment, but her dedication to finding a job in the district went back even further.
“I wanted to teach and coach at Triton before I ever graduated.”
For the believers of the supernatural such as Spanish Teacher Mrs. Cornell and Adjustment Counselor Mrs. Bibeau, the home-coming process was that of “fate.”
Fate, or “the development of events beyond a person’s control” plays a larger part in the return to Elm Street than expected. Be it a mixture of those warm feelings towards their past time at the district or a true divine intervention, the idea of fate bringing a graduate back to Triton seems to be prevalent.
This starcrossing of fate is seen with World Language teacher Mrs. Cornell who kept in touch with a Spanish teacher who had worked here at the time of her graduation, and received a position as that teachers long-term substitute. When describing the process of returning to Triton, she said “It felt like fate!”
Mrs. Bibeau shared a similar sentiment, but with a little bit of a different lead up to obtaining the position. Bibaeu said she “Became a therapist on accident.” but once she came to Triton, the pieces seem to just fall into place. “It was pure luck and fate so I interviewed and got the job.” Bibaeu said. “I love what I do and more importantly, that I can give back to a community that helped me grow to my best potential.”