Discipline techs are behind-the-scenes rule enforcers on campus


Mr. Paul Reynoso monitors detention for students during lunch. Photo by Jamal Ogans.

Walking through campus during lunch, break and in between periods, someone might see certain people monitoring students. They seem familiar, always lurking around campus, but they’re just in the back of your mind. These people are the discipline technicians and they help the school by supervising students when the assistant principals don’t have time or are unavailable.

“The school needs discipline techs to help out the assistant principals with supervision because there are about 1,900 kids and only three assistant principals,” Mr. Jason Feuerbach said.

The three discipline techs are Ms. Dee Thomas, Mr. Paul Reynoso and Mr. Aaron Day. Thomas and Reynoso work on campus full time, while Day works half time.

However, being a discipline tech is different from other positions on campus. The job can involve a variety of tasks ranging from assigning certain punishments to making sure students aren’t ditching.

“The most common punishment is detention but if more action is needed I work with the assistant principals from there,” Reynoso said.

However, Justin Hunckler believes that the discipline techs can be too harsh when enforcing the rules.  

“They came and talked to me about how many times I’m allowed to have my phone taken away, but they were kind of mean about it,” Hunckler said.

Although students don’t always see eye-to-eye with the discipline techs, they also realize why they are needed. Brandon Eisenlauer believes that having discipline techs help keep students at break and lunch under control.

“I like having them around because they keep order at lunch even though they can be strict at times,” Eisenlauer said.

Yet trying to make students’ lives miserable is not the goal of a discipline tech. Their job is to simply provide structure and guidance.

Reynoso said, “It’s fairly easy job the challenging part is disciplining students sometimes, but I like working with the kids and helping out.”