May Staff of the Month Mr. Jenkins

by Joshua Thomas

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy” 

- The Reverend, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The challenges a person has faced, the stories they have written, and the goals they aspire towards are all aspects of one’s character. Yet, even when you know all of these things, a person’s true nature is difficult to fully understand. Everyone has traits that make them unique – skills and talents that can be used to better the world around them. Much of Tucker’s staff possess these qualities, and staff members use their experience to equip students with skills that are useful beyond high school. 

As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stated, it is easy to act in moments of comfort, but much more difficult in moments of hardship. It is in challenging times that a person’s true character is visible. Tucker High School’s May Staff of The Month, Stephen Jenkins, is a man who has lived through tough times and still stands before us today as an inspiring father and vital member of the Tucker community. 

Jenkins lived many lives before settling down at Tucker High School; his life has been anything but boring. Since graduating from Avondale High School in 2004, Mr. Jenkins has taken on various jobs. He has been a bodyguard for high-profile clients, he has hunted fugitives as a bondsman, and he has worked as a bouncer. Now, Mr. Jenkins works as Tucker’s Campus Supervisor. 

As a Campus Supervisor, Mr. Jenkins is in charge of overseeing the safety and security of students. The common thread between all of Mr. Jenkins’s work is the protection of those around him. The pride Mr. Jenkins takes in his role is one of the things that makes Tucker a safer space in which to learn. 

For as long as he could remember, Mr. Jenkins felt that protecting and spreading love was the job God gave him the strength to do. And as a man of God, Mr. Jenkins felt that he could not reject what he was given. 

His mother was another strong influence in his life, and it was she and his two daughters who showed him the value of being a true protector. Mr. Jenkins’ mother inspired him to keep pushing toward his goals. After taking care of her for much of his life, the passing of Mr. Jenkins’ mother was a shock. But knowing that she would only want the best for him, he confidently focused on making her proud instead of dwelling on her death. Mr. Jenkins’ poised determination helps him spread the blessings his mom bestowed upon him throughout the Tucker community.

The diverse blend of cultures and personalities at Tucker High School is one of Mr. Jenkins’s favorite aspects of his workplace. “It is an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to add my character to the community and help share my perspectives and experiences,” he commented. With the experiences that he has gained from years in the film industry and a lifetime of comedy, Mr. Jenkins worries that many have become misguided by the allures of social media. But at the same time, he feels comforted by the beautiful community at Tucker. He trusts that we can help each other grow into the best version of ourselves and wants nothing more than to see Tucker students realize their fullest potential. That positive outlook and kind energy is why Mr. Stephen Jenkins is Tucker High School’s May Staff of the Month. 

From the students of Tucker High School and the THS Collage Magazine, we thank Mr. Jenkins and all previous Staff of the Month for helping Tucker thrive at every turn. We sincerely appreciate your effort.