My favorite teacher - Coach Don Holder. He was an amazing individual. He was not only my coach - he helped the girls team a lot - but my mentor and friend. He made us better athletes, but most importantly better people. He taught us respect - not only respect for ourselves, but for others. He is the reason I went into teaching and coaching. Something funny: when we were learning a new trick, he’d always make sure that his hands were free of any chalk, because if he had to catch us, well, you get the drift!
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I last saw Coach Holder about 10 years ago. He was with his wife. I was so excited to see them. I told him "I think I speak for everyone you've taught or coached when I say Thank you for being a great teacher, coach, and role model." He replied " No it is I who owe all of the thanks to all of you for contributing so much to my life." Tells you a lot about who he is.
My favorite teacher was Mr. Bloom. He made Shakespeare fun. Sorry to hear he passed. Can’t wait for the reunion. Should be fun.
Mr. Singleton, English Mr. Maury, Speech and Debate, a close 2nd.
Coach Parker without a doubt. His "external heart massages" were legendary. I can still here him coming into the locker room while we were dressing out chanting "OYE, OYE, OYE!" Then while we were practicing marching drills (remember those?), he would pronounce "you stink like the Okefenokee!" :)
Parents would know that they channel their own parents from time to time. You may have been told "because I'm the dad that's why" and thought I will never use that with my kids...only to find yourself using it years later. Any guy who had Phys Ed at Coral Park knew Coach Parker. He had a trademark phrase of "Easy workout today, Gentlemen! E-Z workout!". That meant you either just had or were about to have an experience similar to a beating. Maybe it was running the lines of the football field backwards so you could have legs of stone for the next few days or repetitive sprints in the heat until every ounce of fluid left your body. Years later as a supervisor and my crew was faced with long hours, heat, and insanity from every direction, I would channel Coach Parker with "Easy workout folks! E-Z workout!"