Meet Mr. Tatum, one of the newest faces to the Grace King campus. Mr. Tatum arrived to the Kingdom in the Spring of 2016. Since then he has loved the environment and his students make it all worth a while. Having graduated from East Saint John High School in the top 10% of his class, Mr. Tatum went on to attend Southeastern University in Hammond, LA. He earned a degree in Secondary Social Studies Education, and was offered a job in Baton Rouge but he didn’t feel like it was a good fit. He later received a call from Grace King, and he was thrilled. Mr. Tatum accepted the offer without any hesitation.
He explained to us that his first day was wonderful thanks to the delightful regard from all the teachers. For the short time that he has been here, he has done quite a bit. He is now serving as the Chair of the Social Studies Department, and he’s also team leader for ABIT, which is an academic behavior intervention program that helps students. He is also a member of the PBIS team, which is a committee that helps foster positive behavioral intervention support. The committee rewards those students who are always well-behaved or strive to have appropriate behavior. With all of this on his plate, it only makes his job even more enjoyable. He loves Grace King and plans on staying here for many years to come.
Mr. Tatum aspires to become a principal one day, citing teamwork as an important component of a successful career, a lesson he has carried from his days of playing football in high school.
by Joenn Lonza, Class of 2017