Kristina Clayton, Staff Writer – Darrick Buettner has been working at Lecanto High School [LHS] for over 20 years now, and has been the International Baccalaureate [IB] coordinator ever since the program began in 2007. He is also the cross country coach, and has been for three years.
The IB program helps students prepare for college and adulthood by teaching them about diverse cultures and perspectives that are essential for future success.
“The IB coordinator is there to support teachers, students, parents, and administrators,” explained Buettner.
He went to Saint John’s University in Minnesota, where he received a bachelor’s degree in English. After graduating from college, he lived in Benque Viejo del Carmen and New Mexico before moving to Citrus County to return to his wife Tracy Buettner’s roots. Both he and his wife became the cross country coaches for LHS.
“It’s really hard for schools to find coaches, and I love the job. I love coaching with wonderful runners,” said Buettner.
The students he coaches got used to his style quickly.
“In the beginning, I thought that Mr. Buettner was a pretty straight forward, serious coach. However, now that I know him better, he actually is a really fun and outgoing coach,” said junior and temporary cross country manager, Madison Weaver.
In 2007, Buettner became the IB coordinator. Since then, he has done a phenomenal job according to many. He is also available for anyone that needs assistance, whether they are a part of IB or not.
“I would absolutely go to Mr. Buettner for help or advice. He is very down-to-earth and approachable, and seems to genuinely care about people. Mr. Buettner will help anyone, if asked, and will always give honest, non-judgmental opinions or advice,” said IB assistant and guidance aide Kelly Brady.
“Mr. Buettner is very amazing because every time I needed help, he told me exactly what to do. On the first day of school, he gave me a tour, which helped me out so much because I got lost twice at orientation,” said freshman Julia Farrel.
Clearly Buettner’s time at LHS has been well spent. He is highly respected by both students and staff members.
“Mr. Buettner is an excellent IB coordinator and coach. He is organized, knowledgeable, and motivates students to be the best they can be, both inside and outside of the classroom. Mr. Buettner not only helps students throughout the IB program, he also prepares students for college and life long after,” said Brady.