Herald-Whig

'Queer Eye' to feature Quincy teacher in episode

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Sep. 7, 2018 2:35 pm Updated: Sep. 7, 2018 10:04 pm

QUINCY — The Netflix series “Queer Eye” and co-host Jonathan Van Ness — who grew up in Quincy — are coming to the Gem City to film an episode in October.

Students in the Quincy High School music department nominated Quincy Public Schools Music Director Kathi Dooley to be the Fab Five's next hero.

Dooley admitted to being “kind of overwhelmed” but very happy that Van Ness, one of her former students, is coming back to Quincy.

“It will be great to have him home again,” Dooley said. “It's awesome to see one of your students get to live out his dreams and work with those incredible people.”

Filming will take place Oct. 8-11, Superintendent Roy Webb said, and will include renovations to a classroom at QHS and a makeover of Dooley.

“The show's fun, and it's going to be fun for the entire community, for anybody who knows Kathi and knows our School District,” Webb said. “It's going to be great recognition of Kathi's service to this community and great to have Jonathan — most people around here know him as Jack — back. He thought very fondly of Kathi and everything she did for him while he was in school.”

Van Ness' mom, Mary Winters, helped the show make initial contact with the School District, Webb said.

The show, a reboot of the Bravo series, features experts in food and wine, fashion, culture and design along with Van Ness, the grooming expert. Its third season will air in 2019.

Dooley said she can only imagine what the trip will mean to Van Ness, a 2004 QHS graduate.

“When you reach where you're up for three Emmys and get to go home and be the hometown hero,” she said, “it will be very special for Jack.”