Oliver Goes On Maternity Leave


Ashlea Daniels, Staff Writer

Biology teacher Tiffany Oliver has always wanted to adopt a baby. When she filled out the adoption papers she was told would probably take a year or two to get her child. In three weeks she and her husband were chosen to adopt a baby boy.

The baby was born Feb. 12 and her biology students will be switched to different teachers as of Tuesday, Feb. 17.

“I didn’t know very long about this adoption. It’s crazy how it happened and a humongous life decision,” said Oliver.

The baby was born before scheduled, so considerable planning was made so it would work for everyone involved.

“I talked to all of the administrators, I talked to my coworkers and we developed a plan which was going to be best for the students” said Oliver.

Biology teacher Craig Everhart will take all but one of Oliver’s higher level biology classes, giving up his study halls and switching his freshmen students to another teacher. Freshman biology and inquiry skills teacher Constance Whitman will be taking on all of freshman biology and one higher level biology class. She is also giving up her study halls, and her inquiry skills students will be taught by a substitute for the remainder of the year.

Students that have any of the three teachers will all be affected in some way by the switch, whether it be big or small.

“It’s difficult for me thinking from a student’s perspective, just because she’s such a great teacher, but its very good for her because she’s been hoping to have a baby for a while” said Andrew Skora (’16).

Oliver was working her hardest in preparation for her leave in order to keep the class running.

“They’re going to a know exactly what they’re doing all the time, I’m going to have  everything ready so that when they come to class that day, they will know [that] this is what is expected of them even if my body is not here,” said Oliver.

On Feb.  5, Oliver’s students showed their support about the adoption by throwing her a baby shower.

“Part of me is really happy for her because she’s getting something she wanted her entire life,” said Phillip Pham (’15). “And part of me realizes that it’s my responsibility, our entire classes’ responsibility, to step it up and make her proud for what we did.”