Mr. McGuire becomes newest addition to Becton’s History Dept.

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Mr. McGuire becomes newest addition to Becton’s History Dept.

Mr. Thomas McGuire joined the Becton Regional High School faculty in October 2018.

Mr. Thomas McGuire joined the Becton Regional High School faculty in October 2018.

Mr. Thomas McGuire joined the Becton Regional High School faculty in October 2018.

Mr. Thomas McGuire joined the Becton Regional High School faculty in October 2018.

Jenny Marcinkowski, Editor: District Initiatives & Community Affairs

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Becton Regional High School welcomes Mr. Thomas McGuire, a history teacher and replacement for former history instructor Mr. Bononno. Mr. McGuire is currently teaching courses such as United States History II and Modern America.

Compared to his previous years of teaching, the Becton faculty member stated, “Although things here at Becton are done differently, the staff and students have made the transition easy.”

He then went on to add that the students have welcomed him as a new teacher, which helps make him comfortable with the school. “Additionally, the faculty and staff have been very helpful with any questions I have had about the school, students, etc.”

Mr. McGuire did not always want to become a history teacher and originally planned to work in law enforcement, but as he was applying to become a police officer, he started a job at the former Queen of Peace High School in North Arlington. He worked at Queen of Peace for six years until the school closed in 2017, and last year, he moved on to teach at Christ the King in Newark.

Outside of the classroom, the history instructor has coached for four years at Lyndhurst High School as head coach of their varsity basketball team, and he also fulfilled the role as an assistant football coach at Queen of Peace.

Mr. McGuire graduated from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in education.

“I grew up in the area so when the opportunity presented itself here [at Becton], I was lucky to get the job,” he said.

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