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Insights From The Corinth: Q&A

We sat down with two teachers in different seasons of life.

One veteran. One up-and-coming.

One who knows how to make a TikTok. One who has a clock that goes tick-tock.

Take a look at some of their responses below! And find out what Mr. Nixon thinks about pineapple on pizza.

Picture of Ms Evans and Mr. Nixon, smiling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 (Pictured left to right, Ms. Evans and Mr. Nixon with pup.)

 

 

 

1) Approximately how many students have you taught?

Ms. Evans: Approximately 275 students in 3 semesters.

Mr. Nixon: I’ll start out saying around 6,300. But I have taught a few summer school sessions, and I coached for about a dozen years, so if you add those students and athletes, it’s probably closer to 7,000.

2) Who (or what) encouraged you to become a teacher?

Mr. Nixon: Many years ago, when I headed off to college, I had grand visions of continuing on to law school and becoming a lawyer. However, during my junior year in college, when I was home on winter break, I had the opportunity to substitute for a week for a teacher at my old high school. It was then that something “clicked,” and the rest is history. Literally. History – it’s what I teach.

Ms. Evans: Tonya Mancuso, my first grade teacher, was the first individual that sparked my interest in teaching when she paired me with a struggling reader. She continued to put me in leadership roles, as a first grader, which fostered a love of teaching. Later on, Mrs. Gray, Ms. Jones, and Ms. Peacock inspired me to pursue a career in teaching, as a result of experiencing their individual teaching styles.

3) It's been said that "learning is a treasure that follows its owner everywhere." What one piece of advice do you have for students knowing what you know today?

Mr. Nixon: It’s always a dangerous thing to ask history teachers for advice. Their brains are full of the advice from all the people they’ve studied. So, to answer your question I’m going to dust off one of my favorite Theodore Roosevelt quotes: “In short, in life, as in a football game, the principle to follow is: Hit the line hard; don’t foul, don’t shirk, but hit the line hard.”  Add that wisdom to the sage words of American icon Rocky Balboa: “But it ain't how hard you hit; it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward,” and you will have all the advice you need.

Ms. Evans: Your education is the one thing no one can take from you. Pursue an education in something you're passionate about and you'll never work a day in your life.

4) If there was one class every high school student should take, what would it be?

Ms. Evans: "Adulting 101" - Students are constantly searching for assistance with adult-related tasks (resume building, interview skills, budgeting, time management, taxes, etc). In English, I find it relatively easy to insert some of these lessons into our class; however, I am confident that a class dedicated to this would be most helpful.

Mr. Nixon: There is an old (1991) movie titled City Slickers, that comically depicts the misadventures of a trio of New York yuppies taking part in an old-west style cattle drive in order to experience some adventure. Toward the end of the movie, one of the yuppies asks the grizzled cowboy trail-boss about the meaning of life. The cowboy holds up a finger and growls, “One thing. Just one thing.” When the yuppie then asks, “But what is the ‘one thing’?”, the trail boss replies, “That’s what YOU have to find out.”  So, yes, there is that “one class” that every high school student should take, but it’s not the same class for everybody. You find the right class – the one that is your One Class – and magic happens.

5) What is something we take for granted at CHHS?

Mr. Nixon: I hope you’ll let me modify this question a little. Instead of “something taken for granted”, I’m going to substitute “something overlooked.” (When you’ve been around a really long time you can get away with changing things.) The thing that we at CHHS routinely overlook is that there was a CHHS long before the building we are in was built. We have a tendency to act as if Corinth Holders High was born in 2010. There are Corinth Holders High School alumni around who graduated before some of the parents of our students were even born. I think we should do more to recognize and connect with the school’s past and to incorporate that heritage into the story of CHHS. But, then that’s just what a history teacher would think, right?

Ms. Evans: Something that I took for granted as a student, and now as a teacher, is the beauty of our campus facilities. We are blessed to have the facilities we do and the individuals who keep it spotless (Mr. Reggie - We love you!). As the daughter of a former high school teacher, I have spent countless hours in a number of different schools. None of those facilities compare to what we have here at Corinth Holders.  

 

6) Mr. Nixon, a truly important debate for you to weigh in on: Pineapple on pizza. Yes or no?

This is a no-brainer. Anything that one would eat if it was not on a pizza, one can eat if it is on a pizza.

7) Ms. Evans, as an English teacher, how do you feel about using a preposition to end a sentence with? ;-)

The queen of grammar, Shari Langley, has spoken. Prepositions do not belong at the end of a sentence. We won’t mention how often I end mine with one :)