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Teachers Move In To New Catholic High School

It's moving day at St. Patrick Catholic High School. There's so much equipment to move, thousands of books to sort through, and only a couple of weeks to get the job done.

Susie Tavel and 38 other teachers can't wait to move-in to their new home.

"I'm a little overwhelmed and extremely excited," Susie Tavel said. "I feel like I'm at a new small college. It's unbelievable. And everything being new, you want to walk down the hall and I'm just careful not to scuff my feet."

Tavel is especially proud of the campus, because she only spent one month in her classroom at Mercy Cross before Katrina wiped it away.

"A lot of the teachers at first were kind of choked-up. They were kind of quiet walking through," Tavel said. "Just because of what we came from. Mercy Cross, before Katrina, and St. John were just old schools. They were really run down, yet still very powerful and spiritual."

Former St. John teacher Stephanie Dodd has already started decorating her classroom.

"When we first came in for the tour, I almost cried, because it's just so beautiful to me," Stephanie Dodd said. "I think it's just awesome. It's so clean. Everything's so new. It all matches, so I'm really excited about coming in and having students come in."

The campus is not quite finished yet. Crews are still doing the landscaping work and putting the finishing touches on the building.  But everything should be ready when classes start on August 13th.

"We're really excited," Tavel said. "It couldn't be more crazy, but at the same time, thrilled."

"I just think we're going to get along really great," Dodd said. "It's going to be a great year."

Teachers and student volunteers will spend the rest of the week moving heavy sports and PE equipment. And next week, the focus will be on teacher training, more unpacking, and decorating.

By: Trang Pham-Bui

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