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 Javan Huntley, A brief interview with Javan Huntley
Javan Huntley
Posted: May 25 2011, 08:10 PM



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Staff Interview

Why hello there! So glad you could make the interview. Now, would you mind starting off by telling me your full name and what you’re applying for? I’m a little airheaded when it comes to remembering those.
    ”Yes, of course. My name is Javan Ulfr Huntley; I’m applying to be a teacher’s assistant. I want to be able to continue my own education, while still working. Since this school specializes in students like me, I thought it would be a good idea to try working here, since I plan on becoming a biology teacher.” The young man shifted in his seat, not quite nervous, but, not quite relaxed either. Had he said too much? Too little?

Oh! Of course, silly me. Heh…now we can get onto the important stuff. Obviously since this is a school for the gifted, you are among the gifted ranks. What might yours be?
    ”Ah, yes. I’m a Zoopath, my gift first appeared when I was 12, just as I entered puberty. I think it may have been instigated by my living conditions; you see I grew up in a Nunnery, my mother was young I guess and gave me up for my wellbeing. The nunnery was only a few blocks from the zoo, and there was a veterinary hospital next door. Plus in the woods there were lot animals that we would feed every day. When my gift first manifested was when one of the veterinarian’s patients had been injured, no one could figure it out and then I just understood. He had been hit by a car chasing a cat. He was of course a dog, a Doberman, in fact. After that the Nunnery wouldn’t let me stay because of my gift and I was sent to a specialist; I guess my power was a little more sensitive, he wanted to study me, so he taught me to use my power to the max. I can ‘speak’ with animals a little more clearly than most, and sometimes, when I get upset, I take on behavioral characteristics similar to the species closest to me.” ‘Shouldn’t have admitted that; Makes me look even less human.’ He shifted again, nerves taking their toll. He began to knead his hands into his thighs, like a cat kneading a freshly caught mouse.

Very interesting…care to tell me about yourself? The basics, you know. We like to get to know our staff as well as we can here.
    Hmm? Well, I’m twenty-one years old, I lived in Boston, Massachusetts until I was 13, when Doctor Fitsch took me to Machiasport, Maine, to develop my gift. I picked up a gardening hobby there; I simply love caring for plants and animals. Oh yes I was born on April Twenty-fourth, in nineteen-ninety. I’m really good at cooking, too. I’ve been told I’m too relaxed, but, I’m also a bit serious sometimes. I love kids and animals both, and abhor cruelty and violence, of course when I lose my temper, people can end up getting hurt, and I’ll admit I pick fights with people who do things I don’t like.” He shifted. He was talking too much wasn’t he? “I get a little nervous and talk a lot sometimes. Please don’t mind me.”

You sound like quite the character, in a good way of course, hehe. Now, I know this is out of the blue but you very much remind me of someone…oh who is it?
    ”I’m told I look almost South or Central American, because I tan well. I’ve been compared to Hugo Silva, the model and actor from somewhere in South America, Brazil I think. Of course rather than his brown eyes I have these sharp blue-ish green ones, in the right light they sometimes look like little gems. I have a scar on my back, from falling on a cross at the nunnery; it was a metal working project and sliced me up pretty badly, so now I have a faint cross shaped scar on my back, it runs alongside my spine and the has arms going under my shoulders. It’s not dead centered, though, I once thought of having it tattooed to cover it up. I have shoulder length black hair, usually; right now it’s died to a stained oak color. I’m right handed so I have more callouses and muscle on that arm. I have animal bites and scratches over most of my body, I’m always helping injured animals, even when they don’t want it, so I get injured by them a lot.” He was talking in longer sentences, he didn’t like describing himself to people, and he felt it made him seem stuck up. To compare himself to someone famous, it seemed almost too bold. He really was too modest.

You must get that an awful lot. Thank you for helping me out there. Back to the interview…Fill me in on your background? Of course we need to know what lead you to us. Might as well throw in where you’re headed while we’re on the subject of going places.
    ”Well my mother was too young to raise me, so she left me with the Sisters at Our Mother’s Mercy Home for Orphaned and Abandoned Children. I lived there happily for the first twelve years of my life. I spent most of my free time either at the Zoo down the street, or at the veterinary office next door. I would often feed the animals from the forest in the evenings. When I was almost thirteen my zoopathy ‘awakened’ and Doctor Fitsch took me in. He took me to Maine, and tried to develop my gift to study it. I decided to become a biologist, or possibly a biology teacher when I was fifteen. I may not look it, but, I’m actually a very determined person; I graduated high school when I was seventeen, Dr. Fitsch providing me with home tutoring to help me do so. I’ve already received an Associates in Education, while managing to take a year of wildlife biology as well. My hope is to become an influence on younger people and get them to find a good solid place in the world. I also want to help people understand the animals of the world, maybe even doing my part to help the endangered species.” Too much? Well he answered the question honestly.

I think you’ll fit in beautifully here. The last question, and possibly the most important. What is your teaching style like?
    ”Well I haven’t really developed one yet.” He paused. “Although, taking into consideration the things I went through at school myself, I think I’d try to help the students on a more personal level. A happy student is more likely to try their hardest, so putting in some extra time to help them with their work, and listening to their personal problems would probably get them to trust me and maybe want to impress me. Not that I won’t be firm when I need to be, it’s like training dogs I suppose, treat them right, but, don’t let them get away with bad behavior either. Oh, crap. I just compared students to dogs.” The interviewee and stumbled over his last sentence. “Sorry about that, I did some volunteer work with the Portland Police in Maine training their dogs for drug detection and it just kind of stuck.”

Lovely! Well, between you and me I think you have this in the bag. I hope you enjoy your time with us at Shady Grove!

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