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New teacher in Oakley: Juan Rodriguez

New teacher in Oakley: Juan Rodriguez

Athletic director, head boys basketball coach and physical education teacher, Oakley High School

Juan Rodriguez was looking for an extremely specific kind of job: one where he could be a school athletic director, coach and teacher, all at once.

He found that at Oakley High — the only place he applied.

Although Rodriguez has bachelor’s and master’s degrees, he doesn’t have P.E. teaching certification yet.

“I was really worried about that,” he said, and he was surprised when the school was willing to work with him.

He and his family live in Inkom, a small town just outside Pocatello, where they’ve been for less than a year. Rodriguez loves hunting and fishing, and “Oakley is really known for that too,” he said. “That made it a little bit easier.”

His wife owns a formalwear business in Pocatello called Trendy & True. She plans to either sell the business or have a store manager run it when they move to Oakley. She’s also a freelance graphic designer and does a lot of work for a Utah-based company.

Rodriguez grew up in Moreland — a Bingham County town with fewer than 1,500 residents — so moving to another small town won’t be a shock.

“The small-town feel,” he said, “I’m used to it, I guess.”

Rodriguez has coached at much larger schools, such as North Fremont High School and Century High School in Pocatello. But he wanted a small-school experience for his children, ages 3, 5 and 6.

Rodriguez graduated from Snake River High School in Blackfoot in 2004, earned a social work degree from Brigham Young University-Idaho and attended Concordia University Irvine for his master’s degree in coaching and athletic administration.

He spent the past six years as the Indian education coordinator for the Blackfoot School District, and he was Shoshone-Bannock Jr./Sr. High School’s athletic director the past two years.

—Julie Wootton


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