May 16, 2022

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Valley Information – HS notebook: Lebanon’s Johnstone certain for an adventure abroad

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LEBANON — Rob Johnstone hasn’t carried out a good deal of touring outside of the place, but that is about to adjust in a major way.

The longtime Lebanon Substantial boys soccer mentor and Windsor Significant instructor is taking a 4-month sabbatical from his job to sign up for his wife, Andrea, in Dubai this wintertime. Andrea Johnstone acknowledged a two-calendar year assignment as a faculty counselor at the American University of Dubai previous spring, and her husband programs to shell out at minimum part of it with her.

To do so, he’ll have to give up coaching Lebanon’s girls tennis application, a emptiness for which the college has been marketing for numerous months. Rob Johnstone will be again in a great deal of time to resume soccer coaching at LHS.

“My passport needed to be renewed I was advised it would be 6 to eight months, but now it can be 16-18 weeks,” Johnstone stated lately. “The other portion is with the COVID situation regularly shifting, not that we would get caught with airline tickets, but (I do not have them) yet.”

Andrea Johnstone has labored in counseling at Hanover Higher for 23 decades, the previous quite a few as director of steering, her partner documented. Connections there alerted her to the chance of a shorter-time period improve of landscapes in Dubai she approved and still left on Aug. 6 to get started operate.

“She’s a large traveler she’s been to Colombia, invested time there in South Africa, expended time in Spain,” Rob Johnstone explained. “She’d been hunting at people extra classic sites, and a pair of colleagues at Hanover spoke to her, mentioned they did two years at this university in Dubai and experienced an amazing working experience.”

The school’s university student entire body is “85{2c7239c9a7a702744f50a2550e3a606796d212ac94bcade170c7080cb738bbda} to 90{2c7239c9a7a702744f50a2550e3a606796d212ac94bcade170c7080cb738bbda} ex-pats” and English-talking, he explained, and the large bulk maintain American passports. In addition to reuniting with his spouse, Johnstone claimed he’d like to do some tutoring in English, which he teaches at Windsor Higher, and mentor soccer either with the university staff or a community club.

“Soccer season there is in the spring, when the temperature is extra gentle,” he mentioned. “Right now, Andrea suggests when she goes for a wander, she’s ready until the temperature drops to 104. Among January and Might, it is additional like 70-75, what we’re possessing about right here.”

Johnstone termed his standard kind of very long-length journey a drive to Claremont for a Raider match. He did after visit Ecuador for a former Middlebury School classmate’s marriage ceremony, but which is the extent of it.

He’s hunting ahead to the adventure, assuming COVID-19 challenges really don’t get in the way.

“She’ll be there for the faculty yr till June, then house for the summer time in August she’ll go back, then who is aware?” Johnstone explained. “It’ll be an amazing experience.”

Pretty award: The U.S. Monitor and Industry and Cross State Coaches Association has bestowed New Hampshire significant university boys track mentor of the 12 months honors on Newport High’s P.J. Lovely.

The director of the Newport Recreation Department and the Tigers’ coach the earlier 6 decades, Charming has step by step developed the Newport software into a normal contender at the NHIAA Division III level. The Tigers received their to start with state championship considering the fact that 1958 (as Towle Superior) previous May, with Marius Edwards (discus), Jagger Lovely (300-meter hurdles), Ryder Attractive (200 sprint) and the 4×100 relay workforce of Chase Hamilton, Eric Wilkinson and the Lovely brothers posting party victories. The women had been in the combine, as well, placing 3rd as a workforce.

It’s the next time in the previous 12 months that an Upper Valley significant college coach has received a point out honor from the USTFCCCA. Hanover’s Eric Picconi and Dorcas DenHartog ended up identified as New Hampshire cross region coaches of the calendar year just after final season.

Assistance required: In addition to the girls tennis vacancy, Lebanon Superior is also trying to find a new softball coach. Ray Petterson will not be returning just after five seasons at the helm.

Petterson took about a struggling system in 2017 and endured a 44-sport getting rid of streak right before ultimately breaking as a result of previous spring. According to Octopus Athletics’ reckoning, Petterson was 7-55 about 5 seasons, a single of which (2020) was not played owing to the pandemic. Lebanon continues to be in the sector for a junior varsity girls basketball mentor as very well.

Woodstock Significant is in research of a new women varsity basketball coach. Steve Landon guided the Wasps as an interim fill-in the previous two winters, but he’s moving back again to the Woodstock boys, for whom he’d been initially hired in 2019. The Woodstock ladies ended up -5 in final winter’s pandemic-shortened routine.

Greg Fennell can be achieved at [email protected] or 603-727-3226.

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