By Emmah Bashir and Naseebah Ikram
Continuing with the new segment of meet the staff, this week we met with Mr. Serafin Llerena. His teaching beginning started at Lighthouse Academy in Grand Rapids for about one year, his role was the basketball coach and he also dealt with discipline. From Light-house Academy he went to Cheryl Stockwell. At Cheryl Stockwell he coached basketball for two years and dealt with discipline. I’m beginning to see a pattern in the discipline, are you? At this school he also worked a little bit with the special education. JPEC is the longest job that Mr. Llerena has held as of yet and his proper title here is Athletic Director and the Behavior Interventionist. He grew up in Bangor, a place in Michigan near South Haven. He got his college education from Olivet College in about 4 and 1⁄2 years. There he took part in sports and ran cross country and track. Mr. Llerena had mentioned to us that, sadly, he hasn’t had a chance to read the first or second edition to the Falcon Free Press.
As he is the behavior interventionist, we asked about the change in this year and last year’s change in the way discipline is handled. His response was that there is far more structure in the way it is handled and that is certainly discipline has improved. He said that the sports have definitely changed from last year as this is the first official year of competition sports. When asked about the Early College being spread around campus, he disclosed his concern about having young kids on campus without JPEC faculty supervision at all times. He said, “We don’t know what the college students could do to the younger students, we need to develop some sort of buddy system.” In about five years, Mr. Llerena said that he envisions JPEC having its own facility and enrollment somewhere around 550 students. In 20 years, he sees JPEC adding an elementary and enrollment increased miraculously.