Edward (Teddy) Yun has joined the St. James School team as our Front Desk Representative and Administrative Assistant. Since starting in early May, he has been the face of the school to arriving students, parents, volunteers and visitors. He also helps ensure day-to-day operations run smoothly.
What attracted you to St. James School?
The children and the staff! The culture of St. James School goes down to the roots of the community.
Did you know much about St. James School before accepting this position?
Yes! I volunteered at The Welcome Table’s Thanksgiving turkey distribution. I was really impressed by the kindness of both the people who helped give out the food and the people who came to pick up the turkeys and groceries. I also could not get over the two cars full of pies!
What is your educational and professional background?
I am a graduate of Penn State with a degree in criminal justice. I am originally from Allentown, PA. Before joining St. James School, I was a team leader and operations manager at Moderna, Inc.
What are your responsibilities at St. James School?
My day begins with greeting every student who arrives on campus, promptly screening them for COVID-19, then providing them with a clean mask for the day. I also screen volunteers and visitors as soon as they arrive. During the day, I handle supply orders, deliver the mail and manage incoming deliveries, and maintain organizational documents and spreadsheets. If teachers need assistance of any kind, such as monitoring students while teachers rotate to other classrooms, I’m there to assist. I also escort students from their classrooms when they need to see Nurse Ayton. I must walk three to four miles a day around campus!
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to dance. I was a competitive ballroom dancer for many years.
What has impressed you most in your first months here?
I have been amazed by how resilient St. James students are. A child may come into school suffering from a serious issue but by the end of the day, that child is smiling and cheerful. To a lot of people, school is just school, but to our students, it is their world.