Freedom from Chemical Dependency: Questions for Mr. Poole
Kyle Russell: What stands out most to you about Severn, compared to all of the other schools that you visit?
Mr. Poole: Let’s see. Well, every school is different. It’s obvious that the curriculum is challenging. The school goes back a number of years, and the students seem close.
KR: What was the process like for you to become part of FCD?
RP: There was a three-part interview process. Two phones calls and one face-to-face, and then a ten-day training period. If you didn’t do well in the training then they wouldn’t hire you.
KR: Where would you being working right now if you were not working for FCD?
RP: I would probably be doing some public speaking in some capacity.
KR: Does public speaking come easily to you?
RP: It didn’t initially. It took a lot of practice and preparation. I always prepare for my presentations.
KR: What was your life like growing up before you experimented with drugs?
RP: Happy. I’ll be honest with you, there were [different] levels of happiness. But I never really felt like I fit in to some extent.
KR: Did you ever have aspirations to play football in college or the NFL?
RP: For sure. If I had just held off of weed for just one year then I would have. I probably could have walked on at NC State.
KR: How do you compare yourself to Mr. G?
RP: I don’t, really. We all have our own styles and strengths. He learns from me and I learn from him. We both have our strengths.
KR: Who is your all-time favorite music artist or band?
RP: Oh man! There are so many. Ok, you have to put down Rush. Dave Matthews -- their story is amazing. I could go all day with bands. I still listen to Metallica.