Noland Strong - English Teacher, Hobbyist Writer
Name: Noland Strong
Nicknames: Mr. Strong/etc (by students)
Age: 33, born in 1980
Occupation: high school English teacher
Sexual Orientation: Bisexual, more interested in women. Moderately high libido. Closeted
Love Interest(s): Stefan (crush, ex-boyfriend); Janie (high school crush); has unspecified feelings for Chrystal (a student), not exactly romantic
Likes: Poetry and literature (favorite book genres are Victorian romance and science fiction), performing arts, classic rock and classic punk music (His music taste comes from his interest in his dad's record collection as a child)
Dislikes: Pop music, teenagers swearing, ordering food at restaurants, the fact that junk food is delicious
Strengths: Analyzing literature and academics; fair writing skills; moderate physical strength; very empathetic.
Weaknesses: Opinions easily swayed; poor control over emotions; tends to hide things about himself, tends to ignore his problems until they spiral out of control and are impossible to fix
Personality: A kind guy, but meek and horribly weak willed. Easily talked into things he doesn't believe in. Desires acceptance, very much a follower. Self pitying.
Fairly shy and easily embarrassed, somewhat delicate and gentle demeanor, seems to have a childlike innocence to him.
Grew up in a morally and religiously strict household in Georgia with an unusually affectionate and protective mother, and a mostly absent father. His simultaneously loyal and aversive feelings toward his mom is related to a recurring theme of ambivalence in his life.
Had one significant friendship with a girl named Janie in his senior year of high school. Noland's mom disapproved of their friendship because of Janie's family background. Noland cut ties with her on his mom's request.
After high school, Noland moves to Pennsylvania to attend college. He makes an effort to rid himself of his southern accent.
Previously Stefan's boyfriend in his senior year of college. Cared for Stefan, but classmates often gossiped about him and Stefan which brought Noland stress. Cheated on Stefan with a female classmate when his friends unintentionally talked him into breaking it off with Stefan; Stefan inevitably found out. Noland broke up with Stefan officially, reasoning that the gossip that came with their relationship was too overwhelming for him. Deeply regrets cheating on Stefan to-date, and desires forgiveness as a means of nullifying his mistake.