This month’s CCH’s Person to Know introduces you to Mr. Perron. It’s always interesting to learn the background of someone you may have had as a teacher or you see every day at school. Their story may surprise you. Mr. Perron’s definitely surprised me because I had no idea of the many things he has done in the past. Mr. Perron has been teaching at Catholic Central High School for ten years and is involved in many aspects of the school such as academics, athletics, and community.
Mr. Perron was born and grew up in southern Manitoba before he moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where he lived for ten years. He has now lived in Lethbridge for another decade. He has a shih tzu named Leo and a chocolate lab named Mocha. He is married and his wife works at Ecole St. Mary’s in French Kindergarten. The kids start school with her, and graduate with him, as he puts it. He enjoys sports, watching his beloved Winnipeg Jets and Blue Bombers, as well as the Toronto Raptors. He also runs marathons and half marathons. He has three degrees: history, agriculture and education.
Many students leaving high school and entering postsecondary are worried they will be limited to only one career choice after graduation. Mr. Perron proves that this is not true. Before becoming a teacher, he had worked as a research associate at the University of Manitoba, helped at his brother’s you-pick strawberry and vegetable farm, drove semi-trucks and handicap buses, and also worked at the Royal Canadian Mint. After seeing and doing so many different things, I asked him why he chose to become a teacher. He said he loves working with others and he especially enjoys the environment of CCH. He finds all the other staff members and students give off good vibes because everyone seems to enjoy the school. This positive energy makes being a teacher even much more rewarding.
At Catholic Central High School Mr. Perron is involved with many activities. In the Athletics department, he is a coach for both cross-country running in the fall, and track and field in the spring. He is the coordinator of the inter-high school blood drive in which CCH tied in first with Chinook High School. He is the only French teacher in the school and teaches French as a Second Language (FSL) as well as all the French Immersion classes of French Language Arts, CALM, Religious Studies, and Info Pro. As the French teacher, he also plans the school trip to France which occurs every three years. It is occurring next year and is open to anyone, whether they are in FSL, French Immersion, or neither!
I asked him what he would like to see at CCH and he said he would like to see CCH take a bigger step into becoming more environmentally friendly. He would like it if there was an environmental club or a better recycling program. The school could plant more vegetation and run a composting program like some other schools in Calgary have begun.
Finally, I asked what he looks forward to and his response was his holiday home in Saskatchewan. It is a former school and he really enjoys the renovation work. He especially enjoys planting trees and other plans outside and preparing the yard so that when he retires and moves in, the plants will be mature by then and producing fruits and vegetables that he can pick, much like he used to do while working on his brother’s farm.
It was an excellent opportunity to interview Mr. Perron and get to learn more about him. Hopefully after reading this, you have learned a thing or two you didn’t know about him either!
Jules Pankoski is a Grade Twelve student at CCH. He enjoys flying, music, and travelling. His favourite thing about CCH is the two campuses.