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New to New Century

Written by senior journalism student, Chloe Staggs

New Century welcomed five new teachers to the 2017-18 school year. Get to know these dedicated educators!

Kathleen Dunseith 

Mrs. Dunseith first started off with a major in psychology, then switched to a history major with a minor in religious studies. She attended many colleges, but graduated from Athens State. Mrs. Dunseith mainly teaches freshmen and teaching computer science fundamentals. Although she started off as a substitue at New Century, this is her first year having a permanent position, and she's loving it! Her fun fact is that she has a very large collection of rubber ducks.

Terry Thornton 

Mr. Thornton is a new engineering teacher at New Century, and his classes include the following: Programming for Engineers, Basic Electronics, Engineering Applications, and Intro to Robotics. He loves the willingness to learn that our students possess here at NCTHS. He also stated that his favorite place in the world is Huntsville.


Andrew Haynes

Mr. Haynes was originally an English teacher at Lee High School, but this year he joined the New Century team teaching our Sophomore class. He says he loves all his students from both schools but says he sees more interaction in his classroom in his new position. Mr. Haynes was inspired by his ENglish teacher in his ninth grade year, which made him want to be a teacher so he could inspire students like he was once inspired. His favorite books are Forest Gump by Winston Groom and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. 


Stephanie Abernathy

Mrs. Abernathy knew she wanted to be a teacher when she had an amazing biology teacher during her senior year of high school. Last year Mrs. Abernathy taught at Buckhorn, and this year she is teaching Physics at New Century. A couple of fun facts about Mrs. Abernathy include her favorite sports team, which is The Braves; and her favorite thing about teaching is her students.


Nathan Harper

Mr. Harper graduated from The University of Montevallo this past year and now is New Century's art teacher! In the past, the students here took art with a Lee High School teacher. He views teaching almost like he's still a student, but "every day is your day to present your project." A strange fact about Mr. Harper is that he doesn't have a toenail on his right big toe due to an injury.