Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 3:20:52 PM
A great teacher is hard to find. A teacher is the one which models your mind into a beautiful pot, but this specific teacher did more than that, he showed me how to be a respectful individual. there is only one teacher i know that has helped me succeed and become a major part of the man I am today, Coach Doug Norman. Coach Doug was my ninth and tenth grade history teacher. He always made us write a million notes a day. It was worth it though, when I passed the Alabama High School Graduation Exam the first time. Coach Doug also taught me other important life lessons, other than, "In 1942 Columbus sailed the ocean blue," he taught me aspects of how to be a great man.
Coach Doug showed me that if you believe you can achieve. Do not get me wrong the man knew his history also, especially when it came to any of the wars. He could name United States Civil War Generals without even a hesitation. Coach Doug is maybe one of the only teachers i have ever known to care about his students so much. He is stern when he needs to be but yet compassionate enough to understand ones problem.
He gave me life lessons all the time. Coach Doug always tells his students to respect each other. I applaud his efforts in making a difference in the classroom. Some teachers could careless about what students say to each other as long as they do not say anything disrespectful to them. Coach Doug believed that if you gave respect you should get it. "Treat other as you wish to be treated," is what he always said. I liked that saying, because if you treated everyone like you want them to treat you the world would be a better place. Coach Doug was also my football coach. He was over the offensive and defensive line also special teams. This meant that unlike other students that went home at 3:05, I had at least two more hours a day with Coach Doug. He was my favorite teacher hands down. There is no other teacher that even compares to him. He was a great teacher, coach, and friend.