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Courtyard Conversations: Principal Chris Mayfield

Editor’s note: Courtyard Conversations is a monthly series, which features the school’s staff members, and a topic that is relevant to their lives or work at the school. TRL staff members speak with each month’s subject in the courtyard. For the first edition, TRL editors Lindsey Hughes and Parker Post kicked off the series interviewing principal Chris Mayfield.

TRL’s Lindsey Hughes and Parker Post interview Principal Chris Mayfield. Mayfield talked about the differences in running a school this year. (Olivia Lauter)

Principal Chris Mayfield did not know that around this time last year, most day-to-day aspects of his work would change in a matter of weeks. From block scheduling and students being half-covered faces and squares on a screen to different lunches, the school day operates in a completely different manner than it did in the past. 

“It just really kind of feels like it’s really had an impact on everything,” Mayfield says.

In order for the school to operate with as few COVID-19 cases as possible, Mayfield and other administrators sacrificed time spent in classrooms, checking in on students for time tracing close contact cases. This challenged him, as he changed many parts of his work, focusing on the safety of staff and students.

“I think the thing that I probably will walk away after this year is just the reminder to be flexible. I think I probably was a flexible person.” He laughs, then continues. “But, I have reached new heights of flexibility. And so, I think that’s probably what I’ll carry.”

With many shifts in learning and communication in the past year, Mayfield acknowledges the positive impact of technology. 

“I will say there are some things that I think have been a blessing,” Mayfield says. “One of those is the heavy use of Zooms. That’s something I don’t think we’re going to go back on. I think we’re going to keep doing that, because it just made it so much more efficient.”

With the transition to virtual learning, staff faced the challenge of supporting students in the classroom and at home. 

“Well, I don’t even really think it was my success.” He pauses for a few seconds. “I would say that I think the biggest success is our teachers shifting from just doing the face to face instruction,” he says. “They’ve done a great job of navigating that when nobody really had a playbook for how to do that walking into the fall, so I’m most proud of our staff.”

I think the thing that I probably will walk away after this year is just the reminder to be flexible.

— Principal Chris Mayfield

As the school year draws to a close, administrators continue to make changes to next year’s operations. Some changes include optional mask use, returning to eight period days and all in-person classes. 

“Well, I don’t have a crystal ball, but I’m really hopeful that the way things are trending is that next fall will look much more like a pre-covid school year than this year has,” Mayfield says. “So that’s really what I look forward to in the fall. What I’m seeing is we need to be prepared to go back to that kind of a more traditional school year.”

Mayfield continues to work with school administrators and staff to ensure that students receive a “traditional” educational experience. He said policies and changes are introduced first with “student in mind” over the comfortability of adults. 

“And really, honestly, I’m proud of our students,” he says, smiling under his mask. “Because this has not been fun for them either. I mean, everything changed for them, too.”

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Lindsey Hughes, Editor-In-Chief
Third time’s a charm, right? Well, let’s hope so because the 2021-2022 school year is the third and final year for senior Lindsey Hughes on TRL. With the inevitable senioritis already in action, Hughes hopes to skillfully perform the duties of Editor-In-Chief and keep this multi-award winning publication at its high standard. On the off chance that she isn’t in the newsroom, you could probably find Hughes playing games with her PAL, hanging in Eairheart’s room or working at Jamba. Hughes is a part of NHS and works as vice-president of COOL club. While she won’t admit it, Hughes loves the thrill of UIL journalism competitions, but her love for writing doesn’t stop there. She is working to hold a creative writing camp in hopes of sharing her love and passion with kiddos. Hughes will stop at nothing to put a smile on others’ face, whether it be through hand written letters or more popularly, brownies on “brownie friday.” With only one more year to enjoy high school, Hughes plans to make the most of it with her friends and family by her side.
Parker Post, Editor-In-Chief
Parker Post is skipping into her senior year and third year on staff with a whole lot of excitement and an equal amount of fear of peaking in high school, both a result of her need to make this year her best one yet. Post loves all things pink and sparkly and spends every second with her five best friends (shoutout to "My Friends ring emoji").  Throughout her years of high school, she has mastered power naps, talking an ear off, and creating hundreds of unfinished projects that have all now extended their deadline to “at some point in my life”. She looks forward to continuing the power duo in working alongside the UIL state writing princess, don’t fact check that, Lindsey Hughes as the Editors-In-Chief and leaving their legacy behind in their final year on staff.
Kaitlin Anderson, Graphic Designer
Beginning her fourth and final year on staff, senior Kaitlin Anderson is excited to finish off her final year with her favorite TRL family. After joining a journalism class in the seventh grade, Anderson quickly found an opportunity to express her creativity through graphics and has used her passion for it ever since. Outside of class, Anderson spends most of her time rodeoing or helping with FFA show cows. Most people consider rodeo as a hobby, but in her own words, “it’s a lifestyle.” She enjoys spending time with friends and family and loves overcoming challenges that life presents to her. She's eager to conquer her last year of high school and take on what the great world beyond it has to offer.
Olivia Lauter, Section Editor
Heading into her fourth and final year in TRL, senior Olivia Lauter could not be more thrilled to soak up every last minute of shooting sports, events and portraits for her favorite publication. Lauter has spent every day of her high school career with a camera around her neck, and you won’t catch her without it until graduation day. As well as being the photo editor for TRL, Lauter is a varsity cheerleader and involved in PALS and NHS. When she’s not on the sidelines with her camera or cheering on the Leopards, Lauter is with her friends, who she adores more than life itself. You will probably hear “last time, best time” and how “bittersweet” senior year is continually from Lauter this year, but she is just excited to spend one more year doing what she loves alongside the people she loves on TRL.

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