The end of school, the start of motherhood for three staff members

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Pierce Goddard

With less than a week until her due date, head golf coach Romi Farrell is the only staff member of the three that were pregnant that has yet to have her baby.

Although students are preparing for final exams and end of the year activities, some teachers are starting motherhood or making final preparations for motherhood.

Posing with choir members Pierce Goddard and Rachel Jackson, choir director Bethany Stuard gave birth to daughter Vivian Grace Stuard just a few days after Pop Show 2015.
Posing with choir members Pierce Goddard and Rachel Jackson, choir director Bethany Stuard gave birth to daughter Vivian Grace Stuard just a few days after Pop Show 2015.

This is the case for head choir director Bethany Stuard, college counselor Addison Snyder, and head golf coach Romi Farrell who have either just had their first child or will soon be having one.

“I was definitely really scared that Mrs. Stuard would go into labor during Pop Show,” senior Gracie Berrett said. “It reminded me a lot of when Mrs. [Christina] Chapman had her baby right before Pop Show in middle school. Mrs. Stuard really prepared us though and I think we could have performed without her, although it wouldn’t have been the same. We were really prepared this year.”

Former counselor Rebecca Puster was a substitute for Snyder specifically for Advanced Placement exams, while college counselor Randy Trevino still continued on with his college counseling duties in Snyder’s absence.

“Even though we have the same role, we have split responsibilities. Mrs. Snyder really was the AP coordinator. My role outside of that was to keep giving the senior survey, general college counseling, and proctoring a few AP exams,” Randy Trevino said. “It’s a lot doing senior survey right now, but we’re managing through it. A lot of the responsibility is falling on me, but I’m certainly managing.”

Snyder’s baby was born during the second week of AP exams, while Stuard was induced and gave birth Monday, but Coach Romi Farrell is in the final stages of pregnancy.

“My baby is due May 26. I would be happy if he came a little early, but I think he’s nice and comfortable in there so I think he’ll stay until the 26th,” Farrell said. “But we are inducing on the 26th, so if he’s not here we will be forcing him to come.”

The three women have been pregnant through the majority of the school year.

“It actually has been fun for us pregnant ladies because we’ve kind of been going through the whole process together. Now that I’m the last one I am ready to go,” Farrell said. “I don’t think he’s ready, but I’m ready.”