NPHS Part 2: How the staff influenced my passion for education

Have you ever considered how different your life would be without someone who has influenced you significantly? I’ve internally considered this question every single day for a few years now with regards to the staff at NPHS. I wonder how my passion for education would have developed differently without their presence, guidance, and constant involvement; I strongly believe that without the strong team of staff members at NPHS, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Nothing that I could ever say or do would accurately express the appreciation that I have for them, but I think that dedicating this post to them is a start. With that said, I’ll be discussing the staff’s passion for education, intense dedication and involvement, and positive attitude to demonstrate how they helped to develop my passion for education.

Their Passion

I think one of the most important characteristics of the NPHS staff is their obvious passion for education. I always had the feeling that the staff not only genuinely wanted to be there, but also wanted to ensure that the students were successful, which made me more excited and appreciative of my education.

Their passion was contagious too. Witnessing the excitement and enthusiasm that teachers, administrators, custodians, lunch ladies and gentlemen, security personnel, guidance counselors, secretaries, and numerous other staff members demonstrated at NPHS made me feel more passionate about the opportunities that education offers.   

Their Dedication and Involvement

It’s important to realize that NPHS isn’t a building that runs on a set schedule. Because of all of the events, activities, and other opportunities, the building barely sleeps. In order for any of these things to happen for the students’ benefit, the staff needs to be present and willing to participate.

Whether it was seeing the principals present and actively involved after hours and on the weekends, attending AP review sessions hosted by teachers in the evenings, receiving extensive help from guidance counselors throughout the college application process, staying after school for extra help, realizing how many staff members serve as advisors for extracurricular activities and organizations, etc., it’s clear that the staff dedicates so much more of their time than what their job description outlines.

There’s something to be said about the time and effort that the NPHS staff puts into ensuring that students receive a quality education inside and outside of the classroom. Without their dedication and involvement, I wouldn’t have been exposed to the various ways staff members can make a school a better environment.

Their Positive Attitude

As a student at NPHS, I was always excited to come to school. While I was excited to learn and challenge myself, I think I was more excited to see the staff, because their positive attitude had such a large impact on my educational experience.

NPHS always felt like home to me; however, that feeling wasn’t established by the building itself. The environment of the school was, and continues to be, cultivated by the attitude of the staff. Without their positive attitude, I never would have felt so welcome there or eager to learn, share my thoughts, or get involved.


As a future educator, I hope to follow in the footsteps of the staff at NPHS and always appreciate what they’ve done for me. Thank you, NPHS staff!

Here’s a slideshow of photos of some NPHS staff members:

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NPHS: Outlining the importance of the classes and extracurriculars

After having such an incredible experience at Penndale Middle School over the course of three years, I was pretty disappointed to leave; however, I was excited to take on new challenges and reap the benefits of the endless opportunities and variety of resources at North Penn High School (NPHS). To accurately capture how NPHS developed my passion for education, I’ve decided to divide and conquer. In this post, I’ll be covering the classes and extracurricular activities and organizations, and the following post will revolve around the staff.


Simply put, NPHS offers a ton of classes. I think it’s important to point out two main characteristics of the classes offered: the level of difficulty and the variety. When it was time to schedule, I always found myself wanting to take more classes than I could fit into my schedule, because I always felt like I was missing out on an interesting class or an opportunity to challenge myself.

Having the chance to attend a school that not only recognizes, but also supports the varying performance levels and interests of their students is crucial. In doing so, NPHS embodies the idea that education is not one-size-fits-all and recognizes the importance of exposure.

Reflecting on all of the classes I had the opportunity to take at NPHS, I have to say that I appreciate each and every one of them. Each class allowed me to realize the importance of providing our students with rich academic experiences through a variety of classes offered at different levels. Not only that, but I’m grateful for what I learned and how I was prepared.

While I loved all of my classes, courses like News Journalism and AP Literature and Spanish are just a few that allowed me to pursue my passion and interests. In addition, once I came to college, I realized how much of an impact one single class can impact you. I find myself regularly referencing the classes I was fortunate enough to take.

Extracurricular Activities and Organizations

With over 75 clubs and activities offered at NPHS, there proves to be something for everyone. Emphasizing the importance of learning experiences available outside of the classroom, NPHS cultivates an environment that not only places an emphasis on academic achievement, but also pursuing individual interests and experiential learning. 

The clubs and activities allow students to experiment with the concept of membership, showcase their talents, pursue leadership opportunities, and learn how to manage academics and extracurricular activities. Because NPHS is home to over 3,000 students, getting involved in the unique, diverse culture makes the large environment feel more like a family.

When I try to imagine NPHS without The Knight Crier, the sports department, the theatre and arts programs, the International Friendship Committee, the flyers for different club meetings, fundraising events, etc., I always wonder how high school would have been different.

I think that the clubs and activities are what make NPHS so unique. The high school is so inclusive, and it’s a special feeling to know that your high school supports its students. I always had the feeling that NPHS was always awake; the building was always being used for something, whether it was a baseball game, play practice, or various club meetings.


Thank you, North Penn High School!