by Michael Reul
Every year, hundreds of parents make the decision to send their sons to St. Thomas.
Of those parents, an increasing number are teachers, administrators and other faculty members.
Dr. Pete Nordloh, biology teacher and Dean of the Science Department, now has a freshman son at the very school at which he has worked for more than a decade.
The decision to send his son here was a no brainer for Nordloh.
“I believe strongly that single sex education in high school, especially for boys, is a really good thing,” Nordloh said. “You can concentrate on school while at school and your social life at other times.”
The transition from middle school to high school and the added time together is bound to bring parent and son closer together as well.
For many the majority of parents, they have a petty insight as to how well their son is growing academically and socially in the school environment.
For Nordloh, he gets to enjoy the privilege of seeing his son grow into a man of goodness, discipline and knowledge.
“I’m becoming aware of how smart he is,” Nordloh said. “It’s been a pleasant surprise for both of us.”
Campbell Clarkson, a sophomore and son of Tim Clarkson, dean of students, wrestling and football coach, has also felt the effects of attending the school at which his father works.
“I feel a little more watched, and there is an amount of added pressure with my father working here,” Clarkson said. “I have grown closer to him, simply because we are around each other all the time now.”
There may be some limited detrimental effects to attending a school where a parent works.
For Clarkson, having a father as the dean means his father ends up hearing about everything.
He makes an effort to avoid behavior which would require disciplinary action.
“I am very, very careful since my dad is involved in the school,” Clarkson said.
The fact that teachers and staff who know every detail about the school would send their own son to St. Thomas is a testament to the greatness of our community and the strength of our school as a whole.
“I don’t think it is very weird that a kid’s dad teaches at the same school that the kid goes to,” freshman Ryan Chandler said. “It wouldn’t be weird for me if my dad taught me a class either.”
What is weird for some students, others might not mind at all.
“I guess it’s a little weird,” Samuel Nordloh said. “To be honest, I would probably fail his class because he is really smart.”
Dr. Nordloh appreciates the fact that his own goes to such a good school. “I think he can really thrive here at St. Thomas,” Nordloh said.