Category Archives: Blue Shirt Khaki Pants – It’s a Thing
I’m not saying I started a fashion trend by wearing a blue shirt and khaki pants almost every day, but ever since I started, I’m noticing more and more people sporting this no-nonsense combination.
I remember being the Math Department Chair, sitting in the room as we interviewed Lowell “Dr. J” Johnson. Within seconds, I knew that he was a talented, insightful, and unique individual, and would fit in with our math department perfectly. Since then, he has become a pillar of wisdom and humor on the campus as a whole. His classroom standards are unwavering, and his abundant kindness and pensive wit are always refreshing. I’m lucky to be in the same hall as him this year, and I’m honored to be his colleague and friend.
There are very few math teachers that would choose to teach AP Statistics. And there are even fewer who would be so enthusiastic about it that they would inspire students by the hundreds to enroll in the course. I’m so very lucky to work with two such people. They are both passionate teachers who love their students as much as they love statistics, to the point where the program has grown more in the past 10 years than any other course in any other subject area at Coppell High School. These two are simply magical, and it’s a joy to watch them work. I still have no desire to teach statistics myself, but if I ever do, I’ll have two of the finest role models right around the corner.
(Note: I am not snubbing Dr. J. He is just as amazing as these two. He just wasn’t in this particular photo. I will give him his props next time.)
Meet Suzanne Black, my new next-door neighbor this year. If you don’t know her, you should get to know her as soon as possible to greatly improve your life. If you don’t love her the second you meet her, there’s something wrong with you at a deep emotional level. Suzanne is one of those teachers that can easily put things into perspective for you, with her vast Southern wisdom. She is always smiling and always cheerful, and she can tell a story in a way that would put Aesop and the brothers Grimm to shame. Even when the stress of AB Calculus get to her, it never stops her from being the kindest and warmest person. Thank you, Suzanne, for being one of the main reasons I enjoy coming to work every day.
I have the most thoughtful teammates and students ever!! In honor of my birthday today, they dressed up in blue and khaki, and it was awesome!! Thank you all so much for making today extra special!!
Thank you Michele Zugaro, Don Kemp, Krissy Baker, Paul Lidster, John Watkins, Eve Engelbrite, Lowell Johnson, Suzanne Black, Mary Jo Wilt, Ryan B., Tomas O., Grace H., and Stella Y.
This young man is an AP Calculus student, a talented musician, a Coppell Red Jacket … the list goes on. He is smart, talented, and always puts his best foot forward. I was particularly humbled when he came up to campus on an exam day (from which he was exempt), to take this photo with me. Trevor has so many options open to him when he leaves high school at the end of this year; I’m excited to learn which path he pursues, and I’m glad I got the opportunity to teach him as a student and to know him as a person.
This year, I’ve moved to a new hall with new neighbors. It’s been an adjustment, but all of the teachers have made the transition much easier. Dayna Bryant, AP Physics guru, is one of my new neighbors, and it is her blend of kindness and brilliance that inspires me daily. We sometimes arrive at school at the same time, so that gives us a chance to chat while we talk, and she is definitely one of the unsung heroes of CHS. She is knowledgeable and innovative, supportive and patient with her students, and helpful to me when I’ve needed it. All the while, she maintains a sense of peace and humility that is rarely seen. I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to get to know her this year, and I look forward to the rest of this year with such a fantastic neighbor and friend.
I am happy for any opportunity I get to say great things about Michael Brock. He is the IB Coordinator at Coppell High School, so I have had the pleasure of working side-by-side with him over the past several years. He is a brilliant teacher, a devoted husband and father to his family, and a true friend and confidant. He deserves much respect and honor, but is content just to serve his students and family every day. It is a true joy to know him and learn from him every day. Thank you, Michael Brock, for everything you do to impact my life and the lives of everyone who knows you.
It’s quite serendipitous when I find someone wearing a blue shirt and khaki pants during my daily routine. But it’s quite flattering when someone goes to the effort of wearing a blue shirt and khaki pants intentionally. Kyle is a student in my Calculus BC class. He’s extremely smart and charming, and definitely one of the reasons I look forward to 4th period every day. I’m genuine excited to hear of his upcoming accomplishments as he heads off to college next year.
Mary Jo, calculus teacher extraordinaire, but what truly makes her special is her ability to organize and throw excellent department parties. Whether it’s for a birthday, or just because we haven’t seen each other in a while, Mary Jo makes sure that all math teachers feel welcome and included as we gather in her room, eat wonderful food, and share stories with each other like a family.