By Khadijah Lesane, Features Writer

This year has been full of new things for Mr. Bruce Sweeting. This is his first time working in the special education field. Sweeting enjoys being an instructional assistant at Keenan.

“He’s a cool person,” Junior Demeisha Gilmore Student said

Sweeting is originally from Estill, South Carolina, and he attended Benedict College. Sweeting loves to see his students succeed.  As an instructional assistant, he feels his job is to educate his students, which is what he does best.

“He relates and talks to the kids, and he takes the initiative to get that done; he does more than what his job requires,” Mr. Maurice Walker, Special Education Teacher, said.

If being an instructional assistant doesn’t work out, Sweeting plans to go back to school to become an entrepreneur, although he’s not in school currently.

Mr. Sweeting looks forward to ending the 2012-2013 school year with his students.  File photo.

“He is nice; he doesn’t hesitate when asked to watch my class,” Ms. Shayla Schofield Special Education Teacher, said.

Sweeting has had a passion to become a teacher ever since his younger days. Sweeting decided to come here because Keenan was the first to show interest in him. Sweeting plans to work at Keenan as long as he can.  He would make a good addition to Keenan’s faculty and to the teaching profession.

“We need more black male teachers,” Walker said.

Sweeting feels as if Keenan is the perfect place to work, and he’s already making an impact on the students he serves.

“He’s a great role model,” Walker said.