Jarnagin prepares for deploymentFriday, December 11, 2009 By Lisa Mattisch
In November, Vice Principal Aaron Jarnagin was called back to active duty in the military where he would lead troops in a possible mission in Afghanistan or Iraq. His replacement for the remaining year, Haley Jones, who previously taught choir at Taylorview Junior High School, joined the administration staff. As Jones picked up dealing with student activities, sports, the supervision of teachers and working with the faculty at Idaho Falls High School, Jarnagin began keeping our American troops in line. Jarnagin is the commander of the Rexburg and St. Anthony units which is made up of 131 soldiers. He is responsible for training missions, escorting convoys to Kuwait and helping with the withdrawal of American troops and supplies. "I will make sure my missions are accomplished," he said. Jarnagin also embarked on another mission he was determined to accomplish — training Jones. "He has been showing me the ropes," she said. During a brief one-week training period, Jarnagin made sure Jones would be able to handle everything he has been responsible for. Jones is excited about her new role. "I will miss teaching and feeling like you make a difference in the student’s life — you do as an administrator, just in a different way. I will miss teaching choir every day and working with music." She is looking forward to working with the students and the faculty and getting to know new people.