shortcut to content

Liberty Central School District masthead logo

Visit our schoolsto Liberty Elementary home pageto Liberty Middle School home pageto Liberty High School home pageright edge border
shadow box top edge

Coming home - students return as alumni

tabs box bottom border

While most Liberty Central School District graduates return to campus only for the occasional reunion or sporting event, some opt for a more permanent kind of homecoming – as faculty members.

Two Liberty teachers, Elizabeth Fuentes and Kort Wheeler, are one of many several graduates of the district. As students, these two alumni embraced their academic excellence to achieve their degrees; now, they embrace Liberty’s core value of community as they help “pay it forward” to the next generation of students.

Ms. Fuentes, a math teacher, graduated from Liberty High School in 1998. Not only was she an athletic standout during her years at Liberty, she was also a member of the band and senior class president.

Following high school, she studied at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, and later at Dowling College in Oakdale, New York. After a six-year stint teaching at Brentwood Union Free School District, Ms. Fuentes decided it was time to move back to Liberty.

“I decided to come back because I loved my time here as a student and I had some of the best teachers,” she said. “I want my students to walk out of this school feeling ready for the future because I prepared them properly, the way my teachers did.”

Walking through the halls each day as a teacher, she said, is a trip down memory lane.

The ties to Liberty are just as strong for Mr. Wheeler, who also describes Liberty as his one true home.
Upon graduating from Liberty in 1999, he went to Sullivan County Community College and St. Thomas Aquinas College in New York City. He later became a professional golfer.

“After I left the golf business, I decided to become a teacher. I dropped everything to go back to school,” he said.

As a teacher, Mr. Wheeler said his goal is to show students that with hard work comes success. According to him, there is no greater feeling than catching up with a student after their time at Liberty.
tabs box bottom border
blank space graphic
shadow box bottom edge