Ten faculty members are leaving Marshall at the end of this year. All of these teachers have made contributions to the Marshall community during their tenure. The Rank&File profiled four faculty members who will no longer be teaching for the school after this year: English teacher James MacIndoe, Speech & Drama Teacher James Tamborini, Business & Information Technology teacher Rebekah Glasbrenner and English teacher Chynna Wendell.
MacIndoe said he and his wife will be leaving the state to go live near their families in his home state of Colorado.
“It was a very 50/50 emotional decision to move or not move [to Colorado],” MacIndoe said. “My family lives there, and my wife’s family lives there, but beyond all of those reasons, we wanted to raise our kid around our families. I didn’t really want to, although I did want to in almost an equal amount.”
Glasbrenner said she will be transferring to Robinson Secondary school, which is closer to her residence.
“I’ve decided to transfer to a school that is going to cut my commute in half, from about an hour to 30 minutes,” Glasbrenner said.
Tamborini said he plans to open his own theater business.
“I’m leaving Marshall to go on and open my own theatre company with my own theater,” Tamborini said. “I’m retiring from teaching for at least a time. I don’t know if and/or when I will return to teaching, but for now I’m going to make an attempt at this and see what happens. Depending on what happens, and how much time it takes and all of those types of things, I may at some point come back to teaching.”
Wendell said that she will be moving to her home state of South Dakota and live with her family.
“I just wanted to get out of Northern Virginia,” Wendell said. “It’s so stressful and high paced here. Everyone’s so anxious, and I just wanted to go somewhere more relaxed for a change of pace.”
MacIndoe noted that teaching here has felt like home to him.
“I know it sounds ridiculous, but I don’t ever think that I’ll be at a school that feels like [Marshall] that has the same nature of people, friends, students, ambitions, achievements and magic like this school,” MacIndoe said. “I could walk into any school in the world, and it wouldn’t feel like the home that this one has become.”
Tamborini mentioned that teaching at the school did not really feel like work as much as the previous school he taught at.
“I taught at another school before I came here in another state, and while I enjoyed doing what I was doing, I did not necessarily enjoy going to work every day,” Tamborini said. “It was sometimes more of a job than an enjoyable thing. When I came to Marshall, I have always enjoyed coming to work here. I don’t think of this as a job so much; just a place where I work.”
Glasbrenner said that she has enjoyed her 9 years of teaching at Marshall.
“I have really enjoyed the student population,” Glasbrenner said. “I have always had great students here. I have enjoyed the community. Pretty much everything about this school I have really enjoyed. The administration is great. My fellow teachers are awesome.”