Interview with Alicea Demars – Series of Graduates, now Staff Members


Jacqueline Lemus-Govea, Assistant Editor

How long have you been teaching at CHS?
At the high school, this is my third year, but I was at Parklane for about 14 years before that, and I’ve also been at Butler Creek, so I’ve been around the district.

What year did you graduate from high school?
The year I graduated was in 1992.

How has the school changed (positively and negatively)?
[Positively], I think people are trying to make different connections than they did before. [Negatively], I just think that COVID [19] is kind of that barrier that people are finding that they can’t really get past to make connections that the did before.

Why did you decide to come back to CHS?
There’s a big white house on Marie and I lived there until middle school. I came back because my husband and I grew up here, so we decided to just start working here and my kids went through the school.

Why did you choose this topic/career you teach/do?
I am in a lot of classrooms all over the school, not just metals. I love being an Educational Assistant. It is a very rewarding experience.

What do you enjoy most about Centennial?
I enjoy the diversity of Centennial, I think it’s amazing. I love to see all the different cultures and learn about [them].

Who was your favorite teacher?
Gosh… I know that I had a 6th grade teacher that I [liked]… Ms. Edwards, back then she was Ms. Bell. But I can’t remember the high school teachers very well.

What is your favorite class that you’ve taken here?
I liked ceramics.

What classes do you hope get offered at some point?
I think some kind of gardening or learning through the gardening experience. I think the SUN club has something after school where they kind of learn how to eat healthy and grow things, so I think something like that would be great.

Do you have any fun memories?
I think just the memories of this school itself, just growing up, I loved coming here after school and then playing tennis and stuff.