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Extra curricular activities keep teachers human

Day in and day out they represent to countless students the drudgery of humdrum high school life. According to most students, high school teachers are people who scrutinize their every move. However, these often unjustly resented individuals carry out extracurricular lives as?human beings.

Many high school students would be taken aback to know that the same teachers who assign those outrageous deadlines for term papers and dreaded finals actually have lives outside of school doors.

For instance, it is surprising to know that Marc Ferguson is an avid world traveler.

“I love to travel and do musical activities,” Ferguson, choir director and French teacher, said. “I recently traveled to Cyprus to direct an international choir and I plan to go to England over Christmas break.”

Some teachers fill after school hours and weekends with their favorite hobbies. Tom McEntee, enjoys playing in hockey games with journalism and fellow English teacher, Greg Stobbe. He also spends lots of time with his wife as he creates his own quirky hobbies.

“I don’t have a television so I feed my obsession of hockey,” McEntee said who also teaches drama. “My wife likes to go fishing in lakes located in extinct volcano craters. I dive into the lake with my goggles and flippers to find the fish for her.”

Other teachers, such as Scott Falk, prefer a more tranquil extracurricular lifestyle and say that they are not all that different from their scholastic personas. However, even he has his own fixation with certain Canadian traditions.

“I work in the yard with my wife, participate in lots of church related activities, and satiate my hunger for hockey with the English teachers,” Falk, bible teacher, said. ” Other than that I’m seamless. I’m the same guy.”

While many students know that coaches often play sports with their athletes, it is most often the academic teachers who are not looked upon as athletic.

Personal activities and lifestyles outside of the classroom continuously and pleasantly surprise campus students.

“Normally we do not think of teachers having a life outside of school,” Krystal Kitahara, ?04, said. “I am surprised that many teachers actually play competitive sports.”

While teachers seem be alien to the ways of adolescence, they may be more normal than commonly thought. They have personas and lives beyond school hours that may mirror what some students do in their extra curricular activities.

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