PARMA, Ohio - Many workplaces strive to have a family-type environment for their employees. Padua Franciscan High School in Parma has a family-style atmosphere happening in a very real way and students are benefiting the most from it.
The school’s motto “One Team, One Dream, One Family” has even more meaning thanks to a family connection of alumni who are now Padua teachers, coaches and staff looking to make a difference in the lives of their students.
Kammy Shuman is in her first year as Padua's recruitment specialist. Her husband Tony Shuman also works at the school as a business teacher and varsity football head coach. Tony coaches football with his brother Andy Shuman, a guidance counselor at Padua.
"We never got to play together, but to be able to coach together, that's special. It really is," Tony said. "And now to have my wife, who has volunteered quite a bit at the school, on board and officially working here and to be able to be at work, come to work with her everyday, is really something special."
For Andy, returning to work at his alma mater was an easy decision.
"It's a total family atmosphere. I never once feel like I'm coming to work," Andy said.
The family connection does not stop there. Kammy's brother, Greg Coyle, is Padua hockey head coach and her brother-in-law, Jake Lantz teaches, health and is the varsity basketball head coach.
While Jake is not a Bruin alum, he was drawn to Padua for his teaching profession by the respect shown to him by students he met.
The family connection of Padua staff and coaches is a win-win for the entire school community.
"Our job is to help these kids reach their full potential and working together is the best way to do it," Jake said.
When Kammy and Tony married 14 years ago, nearly 60 friends and family who were Padua graduates posed for a special picture at their wedding proving "once a Bruin, always a Bruin."
Kammy looks forward to her children walking the same halls she did when they are old enough to attend high school.
"I'm so excited that one day, we'll all be here together and they'll be future Bruins," Kammy said.
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