Angelina Ortiz – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- LRHS kicked off the 2019-20 school year with a batch of new teachers, but is now welcoming back one familiar face. Among these “new” teachers is Tatum Temple, who returned to LRHS at the beginning of the second semester.
Temple originally left her job as an LRHS English teacher in March 2019 to go on an adventure of a lifetime, a hike on The Appalachian Trail. The Appalachian Trail is a 2,180-mile-long hiking trail that stretches from Georgia to Maine, and it is one of the most famous hiking trails in the country.
Temple completed the expedition successfully over the course of several months; this makes her part of the 20% of hikers on the trail that finish it.
Taking on The Appalachian Trail was a major accomplishment, but Temple was ready to come back to her career at LRHS.
“I came back [from the Appalachian Trail] and I wanted to continue teaching,” said Temple, “The welcome back was great; it feels like home here and everyone has been super helpful.”
Temple returned to LRHS as a government teacher when former instructor Kathleen Soles moved to Colorado at the end of the first semester. Her return to LRHS has been smooth sailing, and she is excited for her future at the Ranch.
“It’s exciting that I get to be more involved in the school now because I used to be in the portables and we were our own little community out there,” she said, “I’m also looking forward to getting to teach seniors.”