Teacher Feature – Mr. Cordell


Chinwe Onwere, Staff Writer/Editor

The start of the new semester has brought along new faces to the Holy Family halls. Mr. Cordell, a new health teacher, started the recent year here with us.

Q. What made you come to Holy Family? How has your experience been thus far?
A. I had moved to the Denver area from Georgia at the end of December. I used to work in a lab setting, but I hated it and I got into teaching because I loved it. Teaching, for the most part, does not feel like work to me. I have a great time in the classroom and did not want to give that up. It is also a privilege to be able to be a part of students’ lives and to do my best to make that part a beneficial one. I am coming from a Christian school called King’s Ridge Christian School. The King’s Ridge community played a special part in my life and I wanted to teach at a school that was similar and shared my morals and beliefs. After meeting and having a conversation with Mr. Hauptly about Holy Family, I got a great feeling that Holy Family might be that place. Even after working here for a short time, I have no doubt that Holy Family is that place. The staff have been extraordinarily helpful and welcoming and have made me feel right at home. Also, they have been quite gracious as I learn how the logistics differ here from my old school. The students have also been a pleasure to teach and I have enjoyed getting to know them. I am looking forward to the future of my time here at Holy Family.

Q. What is your favorite thing to do when you have free time?
A. I have several different hobbies that I enjoy. I enjoy spending time outdoors either camping or hunting when the opportunity arises. I enjoy watching football and will miss watching the greatest quarterback to ever suit up. I try my best to complete some sort of shop project at home every day, either fixing something, sorting something, or cleaning something. It is a great and easy way to stay ahead and feel accomplished even if you feel like you didn’t conquer very much in the other parts of your day. Pool, darts, or chess are also never a bad idea.

Q. Where did you go to college, and what did you study?
A.  I receive a B.S. Degree in Biology from the University of North Georgia.

5. What is one fun fact about yourself?
I once won 500 dollars for eating a 6-pound calzone in an eating competition in High School.

Mr. Cordell, we are glad you are here!