New Beginnings

BV student body experiences arrival of new staff members

Maddy Kang and Shay Lawson

As a new class of freshman flood into the Blue Valley halls, BV also welcomes 16 new members to it’s staff. Here’s your chance to get to know a few of them.


Carrie McLain: ELA & Read 180

New curriculum, new staff, I’m familiar with a lot if the kids. I’m close to home. Just change in general, change is always good.”

Fun Fact: “I have two boys that go here.”


Kim Kaminos: Spanish 1 & 5

“I’m really excited to get to know some of the students. You can tell there are some really amazing students that are hard workers by seeing the course load they’ve challenged themselves with taking — I’m really excited to work with them and see how far we can go in the Spanish language.”

Fun Fact: “When I was in high school and wanted to improve my Spanish, I decided to get a job at Chipotle and now my husband is a General Manager at Chipotle — so Chipotle has been a very important part of my life for the last 10 plus years.”


Mary Ellen Grojevi: Library Media Specialist

“I’m excited to get the chance to work with 2 people and putting ideas together. Also, getting the chance to work with high school kids because coming up from middle school, to high school, I’m getting to do different things. Things that are a little more rigorous and just kinda changing it up. We are also going to be bringing in the Johnson County Library this year, which will be really cool.”

Fun Fact: “I’m kind of a book geek. I get really excited about showing students the new books.”


Tim Jones: Geometry & Algebra 2

“I think the math department is really good this year — they seem like they have their stuff together.”

Fun Fact: “I actually never took Geometry in high school. Another fun fact is that I have a son who teaches in Istanbul, Turkey.”