New Employee Spotlight – John Falconer

We’d like to take a moment and recognize our newest employees to Green River. Please take a moment to learn more about them, in their own words.Falconer, John

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.

I am an ABE Instructor working in High School Completion in the TS&W Division. I was a career technical translator (Japanese/Russian to English) and returned to teaching about seven years ago at an area college as an I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training) instructor in phlebotomy. In September 2014, I became an ABE instructor at that same college, coordinating a budding HS21+ program.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

A colleague worked here as an adjunct several years ago and I heard many good things about GRC from her. The beautiful national-park-like setting and hiking trails also make coming to work something I look forward to every day.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?

For Spanish language ear-training, I like to listen to La Gran D (99.3 FM), but when I get out of range, I tune to NPR (88.5 or 94.9 FM) to keep up with current events.

What was the very first job you ever had?

I was a paperboy in rainy Portland, Oregon.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

The students, my colleagues and the opportunities for personal and professional growth. There are currently many exciting changes on the horizon in the area of High School Completion.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?

Get to know my students, my colleagues and departmental procedures thoroughly so that I can be most effective helping students to plan out and complete high school and transition to a program or career pathway.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?

My wife, my two sons and my new position here at the college.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be?

They already have! We have too many people with the same first name, so I have become “Falconer” or “Falcon” in the TS&W Division.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?

Once upon a time, I was fairly serious about the Japanese bamboo flute (shakuhachi), an instrument that is used to produce long, slow tones for meditation. I could play a couple of melodies from the Tozan repertoire.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?

Give                                        Green

Real                                        River

Excellence,                            Environment:

Enthusiastically                    Endlessly

Now!                                       New

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