Checking Up on Mr. Gibson


Corey Corbin, Author

It’s not a topic anyone wants to talk about, in May 2022 New Castle High School experienced the loss of Mr. Kosciuszko, a New Castle teacher, in the Sr. High English Department. During this time Mr. Gibson, a 2019 NC graduate filled in for the remainder of the year. This year, Mr. Gibson was approved by the New Castle School Board and hired as a full-time English teacher. I had the opportunity to catch up with him to discuss all the wonderful changes for the 2022-2023 school year!

1. How is your school year going so far?

This year is going pretty well; it’s tiring, but in a good way.

2. What is the biggest difference between last year and this year?

The biggest difference for me is probably the age group of the students I work with. I’m already learning a lot about the differences between the way Jr. High students and Sr. High students operate.

3. Are you happy to be back at New Castle Jr/Sr High?

I’m extremely happy to be back here. It’s surreal that my former teachers are my peers.

4. What are you teaching this year?

This year I’m teaching ELA 8.

5. What do you think will be your biggest challenge?

My biggest challenge will probably be learning to manage my time with all of the responsibilities of being a full-time teacher.

6. What are you most excited about in the upcoming year?

I’m most excited about the people. I’m surrounded by an incredible group of teachers, and of course, I’m looking forward to the ways my students learnĀ and grow as well.

From Mr. Gibson:

“Regarding last year, I would say that my time at NeCaHi was much different but nonetheless rewarding. First of all, Shout out to Mr. Koz! He was an outrageously intelligent man and a great teacher (I was in his class five years ago). His untimely passing led to me filling in for the rest of the school year. Even though I was only at the school for three weeks, the students displayed amazing abilities in the way that they created projects and responded to problems. Additionally, I heard the phrase “let me know if you need anything” almost daily from every teacher I encountered. Those are the things that have always been my inspirations in education: the potential of students in creative settings and teachers who make it a point to be supportive.”
Thank you, Mr. Gibson! We hope you have a wonderful school year!