The new teachers of Fenton High

Dylan Dockins, Writer

Since the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, Fenton has gained four new teachers in the social studies, math, science, art and CADD departments. These teachers were asked questions about themselves so that students could get to know the newest faces at the high school.

Brian Murphy – Social Studies

Hometown: Novi

Favorite Music: Led Zeppelin

Favorite Movie: The original “Star Wars” trilogy, “Forrest Gump”

Food: Italian

Favorite Book: “On The Road” by Jack Kerouac

High School: Novi High School

College: Washtenaw Community College and Eastern Michigan University

Pets: Black lab hound named Thor

Words to Live By: “Don’t pass it on if you know it’s wrong.”

The Ah Ha Moment: “One of the first times I stepped into a classroom. I had my degree and I was finally the teacher of a class it was like ‘ah ha, this is it. This is what it is going to be.’”

Role Model: His grandfather, Clifford Murphy, along with many guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix and George Harrison

Passions: Outdoors along with playing guitar


Kevin Ratza – Math/Biology

Hometown: Flushing

Words to Live By: “You miss 100 percent  of the shots you don’t take,”

Role Models: His parents

Favorite Music: Loves all music except country

Family: Married with two kids

Favorite Book: Anything by Malcolm Gladwell

High School: Flushing High School

College: Ferris State University and University of Michigan-Flint

Food: Pasta with cheese


Cassiopeia Benedict – Math

Hometown: Holly

Favorite Band: Queen

Favorite Movie: “Parenthood”

Favorite Book: “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card, anything by Stephen King

High School: Walled Lake Western and Holly High School

College: Schoolcraft Community College,Washtenaw Community College, Eastern Michigan University, University of Michigan-Flint

Family: Married, A daughter named Andromeda and a son named Panagiotis

Pets: A dog and chickens

Words to Live By: “Be kinder than necessary.”

Role Models: Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain


Tracy Jambeck – Art

Favorite Music: Josh Groban

Favorite Movie: “The Sound of Music”

Favorite Book: “The Giving Tree”

Favorite Foods: Fruits

High School: Walled Lake Western

College: Central Michigan University.

Family: Four children and six  grandchildren

Pets: A cat

Words to live by: “Treat others the way you want to be treated.”

An ah ha moment: “All people around you are going through problems of their own. You never know someone until you’ve walked in their shoes. I have learned not decide who somebody is before I gotten a chance to have a conversation with them.”


Jeff Baldwin – CADD/ Architectural

Hometown: Flint

Favorite Music: Classic Rock

Favorite Movie: “My Cousin Vinny”

Favorite Food: Pizza

Favorite Book: John Grisham

High School: Ainsworth High School

College: Central Michigan University

Family: Married, a 28 year-old son

Words to live by:  “Stay young as long as you can.”

Role Models: A mentor he had when first teaching

**Since the publication of this story, CADD teacher Jeff Baldwin is no longer with Fenton high school.