By Stanley Wu & Jordan Xiao
Math teacher Nicholas Blackford announced his upcoming departure from South Pasadena High School in a staff email on Wednesday,May 27. The end of the school year will conclude his two-year career as a Tiger.
Blackford cited the lengthy commute to school and back home as the main reason for his leaving. He currently plans to purchase a house in Chino this summer, and knew that the move would impact his ability to teach at South Pasadena.
“This came into consideration while my wife, Katherine, and I were discussing moving options as we prepare to begin our house hunt,” Blackford said. “Every conversation led to us actually moving further away from [South Pasadena]. This was not an option I was willing to pursue.”
Blackford thanked the staff and students for contributing to his experience at SPHS.
“I want to thank every one of you for the great two years that I have spent here,” Blackford said. “I can name many people that have helped me become a better educator over the last two years, whether through conversations or modeling behavior. I know that no school can match the pride that all of you have in South Pasadena, and I will always carry that with me.
Blackford will begin teaching at Walnut High School next school year.