This post is inspired by my Monday Listicles, 10 Songs. As I was proof reading my post for Monday, I started thinking back to when I was in high school. 11 years ago, where has the time gone? Inquiring minds get lost in thought sometimes. This mind wondered right over to my high school website! As I was looking at the different information they have listed, I stumbled upon the current faculty directory. It was cool to see who all from my 3 years of attending were all still there. Here are a list of my teachers that are still there today, 11 years later, what grade I had them, & how they impacted my life.
Mr. Blankenship, 10th/11th/12th grade - Band
I was only under Mr. Blankenships direction my 10 grade year, when I played the clarinet. I knew him from my brother playing the trumpet and marching for him while he attended at the high school. My 10 grade year I became a part of the Color Guard. I was the only sophmore on the rifle line and was the 2nd person to do it in 10th grade. This made me feel good, because I was finally good at something. Mr. Blankenship guided me in that direction. When I was in 9th grade (Jr. high) when he would do private lessons with me. He said that I would be good at it, boy was he ever right!
Mrs. Bodner, 10th grade – Biology
Mrs. Bodner and I had a close relationship. Her daughter Missy and I were friends from Jr. High. So when I was assigned to her class, I was overly excited. Mrs. Bodner and I still talk from time to time. She was a great teacher and I learned a lot about biology, even though it wasn’t my favorite class.
Mr. Cox, 10th/11th/12th grade – Technical Theatre
Now, now, now Mr. Cox! Oh Boy! Where do I start? Mr. Cox has guided me in an unknowingly direction. I joined Technical Theatre when I was a sophmore. He taught us how to build sets of the theatrical productions that the theatre department was going to perform. This is where I found my true love for building things. We did sets for “I Never Saw Another Butterfly”, “Grease”, “Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Coat”, and many others. I think Grease was my favorite. I got to build the set, set the lights, sound, and most of all, I was one of the people you couldn’t see when the set needed to be changed. Staying after school, working on everything was great! I had so much fun. Thats when the U.S. Army recruiter stopped me at lunch one day, asked me what I liked doing & if I had thought about joining the Army. I said “technical theatre, I like building things.” That is when on March 25, 2000 I brought the recruiter home to my dad. I told him that I wanted to join the Army at 17 years old. Only 11 days after I turned 17. The recruiter said that I could build stuff for the army, but what he didn’t tell me is that I may deploy to Iraq in 2004-2005 and pour 1.5 million sqft. of concrete to build an airfield, among other building projects. That was alright because I learned even more about why I did it. To help defend the greatest Nation. Now 13 years later I have Mr. Cox to thank for showing me my love for building & my military career.
Mrs. Devoll, 11th grade – Environmental Science
Mrs. Devoll taught me about animals & the environment. I was part of the environmental club that hosted different “Green Projects.” This helped me see different aspects of how to save the planet as well as learn about different animals and their environments. I really enjoyed being outside in the courtyard in the middle of the school that we transformed into an outdoor project for cleanup, we even built a waterfall and put out coy fish. I had so much fun and this introduced me to lots of new friends.
Mr. Dowlatshahi, 10th grade – World History
My goodness, Mr. Dowlatshahi, first day of class was rough. First thing he taught all of us was to pronounce and spell his name correctly. He taught us world history, making us do different projects to learn about the world. This was the first time I had to get up in front of the class to speak. I soon found out that I didn’t like speaking up there. From that time on, I have always had issues in speaking to a group. He would be in the middle of teaching and then go on rants about soccer, as he was one of the soccer coaches for the school that lead the girls soccer to state in 1999. You go Mr. Dowlatshahi!
Mrs. Powell – Nurse
Mrs. Powell was always nice, kind, and caring for the kids that would come into her sick. She taught us about being & staying healthy. She was always so gentle with us when we were sick.
Katrina Rogers – Gymnastics
Katrina & I have known eachother since before high school. She was a year ahead of me, but this didn’t stop us from chatting in the halls. She & I first met when I joined Girl Scouts, Troop #980. I can’t remember the exact time, but I think I was in 6th grade. I remember her being absent from meetings because she had gymnastics practice. I had always hoped to see her on the Olympics one day, but I guess GOD had a different plan for her. Now she is teaching/coaching Gymnastics at the high school where we attended. Go you, girl!
Mrs. Whatley, 12th grade - English
Mrs. Whately was one of the 2 best english teachers that I had in all of school. As much as I didn’t like reading, she encouraged me to read, suggesting different books that would catch my interest. She always cared about her students. She was so caring about her students. She would stay late if we needed help, help us learn new studying methods, and just help us with whatever we needed help on. While I was still living in the area, after graduating, I would pop back in to see my old teachers. After my first deployment, I stopped back in to see her. When I walked through the door, she stopped teaching her class and gave me a huge hug, telling her students at the time (which some of them I knew) who I was and what I had returned home from doing. This was the first time I had seen her become emotional. She asked me if I would speak to the class for a brief moment, as I did, the students just looked at me in amazement. I hoped to have influenced them to join the service, as Mrs. Whately had influenced me with continuing my education, by going to college.
The campus mission, motto, is to “Engage, inspire and empower life-long learners to lead with integrity and innovation.” As a former student of J.J. Pearce High School, I would say that they upheld their mission statement. They have done a fine job in teaching for years. I only wish I still lived in Texas to have my future children attend the same schools I did.
My Challenge To You:
I challenge you to go deep today. How many years since you were in school? Are there any teachers you had still teaching today at the school you attended? What were some of your favorite classes, favorite teachers, or school activities? How have they impacted your life & who you have become today? What was your schools mission? Do you have children that are currently attending the schools you attended when you were their age?
I would love to hear what you have to say! Think about it!