Faith Stellato

Mrs. Bradley has been teaching at SHS for 11 years.

Gianna Cannon, Feature Writer

Mrs. Bradley is an eleven-year educator and four-year Student Council advisor at Struthers High School. 

Prior to gaining her degree in Integrated Language Arts Education at Youngstown State University, Bradley sought to pursue a career in law. However, she ended up changing her decision during her sophomore year of college. 

The English teacher describes her thoughts on the expectations and realities of teaching. 

“College cannot prepare you for a career in education – it’s a lot of hypothetical situations and best-case scenarios. Unfortunately, real teenagers aren’t always experiencing the ‘best-case scenarios’, so you learn as you go,” says Bradley. 

During the 2020-2021 school year, Bradley implemented Holiday Half Day into the building, alongside Mrs. Bennett (whose advisory position is now filled by Mr. Pape) and the rest of the Student Council. Holiday Half Day takes place on the last day of school before winter break and consists of holiday-themed activities. Students can schedule their activities digitally this year.

Bradley provides some insight into what goes on behind the scenes of Holiday Half Day. 

“This year, we’ve collected the teachers’ ideas for their activities, and we’ve sought out funding to purchase supplies for the rooms so there can be more things to do,” says the Student Council Co-Advisor. 

Although it is new to the high school, Holiday Half Day seems to be a memorable event within the building. Teachers host many different activities, and one of Bradley’s favorites was decorating ornaments in Mr. Malcomson’s room.

Bradley expresses the importance of Holiday Half Day for our students and staff members. 

“Kids and teachers need to remember that high school should be fun, and it’s so easy to forget that when you’re faced with state tests, AP exams, college credit requirements, etc. It’s so nice to take a day and just hang out with each other. We get a reminder that we’re all people, not just students and teachers,” says the educator. 

The student body can look forward to more events hosted by Student Council this school year, such as a pep rally in February for our winter athletes and the third annual Underclassmen Awards Ceremony in May.