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Profile: Walker helps students focus on career path

by Leah Olin/Staff Writer

Landon Warren, a kind-hearted, straight to the point, ‘get stuff done’ sort of guy, is growing up faster, it seems, all the time. Graduation day is getting closer and closer and his life will begin right around the corner. Luckily for him, he knows exactly what he is doing for his future.

Although Warren has always been a ‘let’s do it’ type of boy, he went for the prize in an important decision. “They gave me a paper to sign up so I just took it,” he said of signing up for Warren’s Walker Career Center. He knew he’d be having a different kind of high school experience for the rest of his time here at Greenfield-Central. Being a junior, Warren decided it was the best fit for him. This way he would be more educated for his potential job.

Warren did not go to the career center for his friends. He did not care for the product/solution he could possibly get out of this experience. He went strictly for staying-out-of-school purposes. “I just didn’t really like school so I saw this as an easy way out,” he said brightly with almost too wide of a smile. He later came to realize what the career center is truly all about: helping students access their goals at a young age.

The family business is plumbing and Warren thinks he wants to take over someday. To get the right kind of education, one can’t attend a high school alone. “This opportunity will definitely help with what you want in your future,” Landon’s classmate from GC, Zach Verosko 9, states confidently, “If plumbing is in Landon’s future, it seems he is on the right track.”

Because the career center has increasingly gained a variety of courses to take within the past decade, more students should be attending but do not because of the drive all the way from Greenfield to Walker. When looking at all of the amazing possibilities that are offered, more should potentially be interested. “There are full time job offers waiting for students when it’s over,” says one of the directors, Kim Kile. She went on to say, “[The career center is a] good path for kids who know they want to look more towards a career rather than college after high school.”

Since plumbing is what Warren’s future is looking like, he obviously tried to find classes that would best fit him. “I work mostly with construction,” said the plumbing guru. Taking construction, Landon said that all of the information he learns in that area helps with the understanding of the tools he may use or sometimes even how some of the machinery works.

With only fifty to sixty students attending this year, that leaves plenty of room for hundreds of more Greenfield students. “It is a great way to combine traditional high school with job preparations,” Kile continued. Pupils often times get overly bored and caught up in the life of an average high schooler, but taking the next step up in working towards the future, earlier than usual, may be a decision which encouraged teens might consider. Landon never expected to see so much growth through this singular project, but this option is a connection straight to the real world. 

Having a drive for a career path is rare in the 15 to 18 age division so if there is a push, students should listen to the conscience telling them to move forward. Not only is Walker beneficial for time to come, but it is full of new people as well. “My favorite part is the people I meet,” says Warren in a very matter of fact manner. In meeting new people, it makes the experience even more appealing and wonderful.

All in all, Warren’s time at the career center has influenced him in ways that cannot be ignored, especially by his future self. With supportive friends like Verosko, Warren students, Greenfield students, and even Mrs. Kile, there is nothing Landon can’t face alone. Starting life early and getting that head start is a boost so many do not have the opportunity to take. As Mrs. Kile said it best, “The kids who do it and do it well and do it with a purpose have really good success and placement afterwards.”

Coach encourages passion for dance

Christina Keene/ Staff writer

Greenfield Central’s head dance coach, Brittany Taing, has been coaching for over 11 years. She also works as the junior high librarian. She puts a lot of time and effort into making sure her teams are successful. “I am very passionate about helping students and making them work hard for what they want to achieve,” she says. Taing influences a lot of students every year. 

    Taing danced for many years before becoming a coach. She has seven years of schooling in various areas, such as education, massage therapy, and athletic training. Taing says, “My passion for dance and helping kids grow and achieve their goals is what made me want to coach.”

    Taing loves the fact that she gets to coach at GC. She is a Greenfield-Central alum, so the opportunity for her to coach here and rebuild her high school program was one she could not refuse. She loves connecting with kids and helping them achieve their goals for the future. She is a firm believer in teaching life skills and lessons through dance that will make her students better prepared for life after high school. 

    “My coach has influenced me by pushing me outside of my comfort zone which makes me a better dancer because she teaches me new skills,” said Molly Eads, 9. 

Brooklyn Blanton, 9, has also stated, “My coach has influenced me by making me work hard and try and achieve my goals easier than I would have before.” It is one of Taing’s biggest goals in life to have her students succeed. So far she is helping a lot of the current members thrive. 

    Taing has led many of her students to do great things. She has graduated a current Colts cheerleader, two dancers at Butler University, one at Indiana State, one at Ball State, and one at Eastern Kentucky. She loves getting to connect with all of these people, although it is hard for her to let them go. 

    One of her favorite things about coaching is having the opportunity to do amazing things. “My career has been filled with highlights since I took over. I have been so lucky to have inherited such a strong group of dancers in the last several years,” Taing says. “Most notably are back to back state titles in 2016 and 2017, and a historical Nationals appearance where the team made it to the Finals for the very first time, and ended up placing 14th in a very tough division.” She is very proud of her teams that have made it so far and have done so many great things. 

    Taing has inspired many and continues to inspire others. Her determination to help others is what one might say makes her a great coach and person. “I have always loved helping others and I am honored to be able to do that for a living,” she said. 

   

Profile: Mr. Robertson shares about time in Army

Jaden McGee/Staff Writer

Eric Robertson, also known as Mr. Robertson here, is a teacher at Greenfield Central, but there is a lot some may not know about him. Robertson and his son answered a few questions about his serving for our country, and how it affected his family.

Robertson was a young college student fed up with the idea for school. He joined the army at a young age. “I decided to join the army when I was 19 years old,” stated Robertson. With a rather easy decision on joining the army, Robertson said, “I was done with college, I went two years…I was like this is not for me, I did not want to have a whole bunch of debt when I got out of it.” Mr. Robertson was dedicated to the army; he said he served for 20 years, 1990-2010.

Robertson there was a such thing as a normal day in the Army? “No..there is a schedule, but nothing is never normal anything can happen at anytime. It depends on the line of work also, you could say yeah, but it just depends on the line of work.” For being away all that time  people miss their families, and technology was not as modern then, so you have to wonder how often and how did he keep track of his family? Robertson said, “Letters, and telephone that was it; we didn’t have cell phones. I contacted them once a week, just depended on what we were doing and where we are at.” The Army can be a tough place, and a mental challenge but positive things can happen.

Robertson talked about some comic moments in the midst of serious times. Robertson explained a funny story about water in a canteen. “There were these canteens of water that were in the sun all day, and we were about to leave and I realized it was hotter than bath water. I told one of the guys to go get fresh cold water… we got back and it is like 9:30 and we all had to drink our canteens and everyone else’s was hot and ours were cold so we finished our rather quickly. Everyone else is throwing up because of how hot the water is. We finished our water, and were smarter than everyone else so we got to go shower first.” 

Robertson discussed how he was about to handle all of the tasks and the stress of daily life in the army.  He said “I was a three sport athlete in high school, so nothing we did wasn’t harder than I’ve already done. Plus I wanted it, I wanted to be there, I wanted to get through it. It was a challenge. It was a super challenge.” 

 His son, Gavin Robertson, talked about his dad’s time in the military. When asked, “What does it mean to you that your dad served our country?” he said, “It means a lot because I know the sacrifices that he had to make in the military regardless of his rank, and it shows that he cared a lot.” Gavin talked about the possibility of his own service in the military. He said, “His service to me has a big impact on me, but through his stories and stuff he has told me, I’m not sure that would be something I would 100% commit to, but if the opportunity came up and it was best for me, I would love to do something like that.”

 

Hudson helps students have real world experience

 Kyler Rhoades/Staff Writer

Of the many interesting classes to choose from at Greenfield-Central, one of the most unique is the Radio/TV class. The class gives students a real-world experience and helps prepare them in many ways for life after high school. Mr. Hudson has been teaching Radio/TV at Greenfield-Central since the fall of 2013, and is a huge part of the program.

    Hudson, a former video editor, videographer, and photographer, talked about what goes on in the Radio/TV class: “Unlike most schools we have two live stations that need constant programming. Ninestar Channel 9 is a part of Ninestar Connect’s cable network so people regularly see what we produce on the air. Then you have 89.7 WRGF, which is FCC Class A station, which can be picked up on any regular radio. There’s a lot of responsibility involved in keeping two live stations running with programming. Outside of that, we do a lot of fun video and editing projects: PSA’s, Music Videos, Documentaries, Foley Editing, Newscasts, and other stuff.” The two live stations Hudson refer to are what make the class a very unique and different experience compared to other courses at the high school. Students take part in broadcasting and producing these shows almost daily.

    One of the live stations, 89.7 WRGF, is run by Hudson. He is responsible for programming, maintenance, legal matters, and overall functions of the station. Students who take the class will quickly understand the expectations from Hudson. Describing his teaching style in one word, Hudson said, “Untraditional.” He went on to say how he doesn’t come from academics, but the broadcast industry where people are blunt, honest, reliable, but unforgiving. “A lack of effort will get you replaced with someone who may not even be as talented. In this industry, talent is overrated, it’s always about the effort. It’s shaped how I teach and my mentality with our Radio/TV program.” Hudson expects your best, and will not be satisfied with anything less.

    It is also clear how he is viewed by his peers and his students. Chris O’ Connor, 11, a student in his second year of the Radio/TV program, said this about Hudson, “He is very transparent, what you see with him is what you get, he tells you what to do, and expects you to be professional and get it done.”

Mr. McKenna, director of Telecommunications in the Radio/TV program said he enjoys working with Mr. Hudson due to his youth and enthusiasm, and the connections he’s able to make with students across the board.

    While Hudson has high expectations and is very serious about the job at hand, he is relatable with students, humorous, and still young. Hudson said, “It’s not uncommon for a student to walk in the door, hear me yell ‘Think Fast,’ and see a Nerf ball coming at them full speed.” At the end of the day, Hudson believes students appreciate his blunt honesty. He says it’s how humans grow as students, instructors, and people.

    Outside of teaching, Hudson is an avid cyclist, plays tennis, basketball, golf, and enjoys weight training. He also loves music, can play guitar, bass, piano, drums, and frequently DJ’s weddings and dances. Hudson described an entire room in his home dedicated to music, which he calls “The Music Room Man Cave” where he hangs out with friends, practices DJ sets, and makes mashups and original music.

    While Hudson puts a huge emphasis on getting the job done, and expects the best from his students, he is a fun individual to be around, and helps students grow in many different ways. If you’re considering joining the Radio/TV class, you won’t regret it… unless maybe you get hit by Mr. Hudson’s Nerf ball.

 

Profile: Local mom balances work, family

by Destinee Roberts/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: In the picture Ashley Roberts is serving lunch to kids during the summer at Kids Kamp in Greenfield.

Ashley Roberts is a lunch lady who serves food to the students at GCJHS, and this is her first job after being a stay at home mom for 11 years. She also has another job, which is a full time job in itself. She is a mom, and she works 24/7 between taking care of her family, and working as a lunch lady. How is Ashley reflected to other people?

When it came to school, Roberts just breezed by. She was very smart and she didn’t really have to try, it was as if everything just came natural to her. That was until she got pregnant with her first child at age 16.  She didn’t finish regular high school, but she did get her GED. 

By the age of 20 she was married to Kody Roberts with two children. With having children so young, you would think she is an extroverted person. Joy Burge-Potts, one of her closest friends, agrees with this and says, “She is always surrounded by others and thrives on taking care of whatever situation at hand.” Another of Roberts’ good friends and co-workers Kelli Sanborn says, “She is a strong, loving and a fiercely loyal person that would do anything for you.”

It was difficult for Roberts being a mother so young. She had so much support while raising her oldest child. She did not just have mental support, but also financial support as well. One thing that Sanborn says she admires about Roberts is, “Her perseverance and inner strength.” Burge-Potts agrees and she adds that, “Roberts today still remains the same on those aspects, but now it is just flowing through her.”

 With Roberts’ family supporting her throughout her life, she has lost one person that cannot support her anymore. Roberts had lost her mother on July 17 of this year. She said that this has been one of the hardest things for her to overcome. With the comfort of her great friends Sanborn, Burge-Potts, and her family, Roberts is slowly finding it easier to deal with her loss. 

Roberts had what she would describe as a “normal” childhood. She talks about how her brother, mother, and she had all gone on family vacations. One of her best memories from her childhood was with her life long best friend, Andrea Spencer. They had wanted to go camping, and it was supposed to rain that night, so they thought if they covered the porch in umbrellas that they wouldn’t get wet from the rain. Soon once the rain started to come in, they learned that it wasn’t a good idea.

As per Burge-Potts, she thinks that a quote to describe Roberts is, “She’s hardcore with a good heart, soft but strong. Unapologetic and honest. She’s the type of woman you go to war beside – not against.” Roberts has been through some hard things in her life, and this quote fits her best. She didn’t give up when she got pregnant at 16, and didn’t care what people thought of her. 

Roberts has given up a lot in her life for her family. She gave up her dream of being a lawyer, or finishing college. She is the kind of person to put family before everything. Sanborn said, “Her personality is one that is laid back. She is fun and genuine.” If you knew her, you would know this, too.

She has one quote that she carries in her every day life. She says, “ Life’s not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” She says every time she says this quote, the memory of her and Spencer always pops into her head. Roberts “is the kind of person who brings out the best in people, just like her mom did,” says Sanborn.

 

Profile: Grizzard helps students meet musical goals

by Abby Mulligan/Staff Writer

Mr. Paul Grizzard is the choir teacher here at GCHS.  He holds classes each day featuring a wide array of talents and personalities. He continuously works hard to meet each choir and child’s goals. His goal? To make each student feel at home and safe in the environment he has created for the kids, he said.

In a story, Mr Grizzard described his method of teaching. “We went to a competition and we sat next to a choir… and all they did was talk about how much they hate their director and how much they all hate choir…” While he did mention that the choir had a good performance, he still believes in a philosophy of working hard while having a good time. “… I want to make sure the kids enjoy themselves in class… and so I try my best to keep kids engaged and I am successful at that,” he said  His teaching style reflects the way kids feel about the choir program. Destinee Roberts,10, who is in the Concert Choir, said that the class makes her feel “stronger and more comfortable in my singing.”

Not only does Mr. Grizzard work hard in making each student feel their personal best, but he also strives to achieve goals for each performance. He said his overall goals for teaching the classes are that each student understands music curriculum, is able to read music successfully, and gains self confidence through performing in front of audiences. Each choir is unique, and Grizzard works each day to perfect songs in order to showcase the wide range of voices in every group, he said. Goals can also be set based on a specific choir, such as the freshmen. Grizzard described the difficulty yet enjoyability of meeting a new group of freshmen and watching them break out of their shells and grow into talented young singers. “For performance, I just want to find success at every level which means getting freshmen to sing when they are too scared to and getting Madrigal to make it to state,”he said. With choirs beyond the freshmen level, he enjoys being able to see their voices further develop and branch out into new singing genres, such as jazz, pop, or even songs with different languages, he said.

Grizzard and the choirs are continuing to work hard this year to prepare for future concerts. Audrey Pechin, 10, in Bella Voce, has begun choir this year, and is fully learning what it is like to become a part of the “choir family.” When asked about her favorite part of the class, she answered, “My favorite part is when we are all singing and harmonizing… it makes me happy to be a part of it.”  So as the choir family continues to grow and learn, Mr. Grizzard can say that he has achieved what he has worked for: students improving in both performance and self-confidence.

Profile: Army veteran describes his service

By Meilyn Howe/Staff Writer

Ken Howe, an Army Veteran, served in the Army for four years and in the National Guard for four years. He is a senior corporate building engineer of a major retailer, Simon Property Group. Howqe enjoys spending time riding his bicycles competing in rides and riding in his neighborhood. He also likes to watch NASCAR races and basketball on his tv at home. 

He grew up in the small town of Knightstown, Indiana. He came from a family of five. He had four other siblings. In high school, he graduated in the top five percent of his class of 110 people. He took a high interest in being in the military. After high school, he decided to go into the military to help with his schooling. “One of the biggest reasons I joined the military was to obtain the GI bill to help with continuing my education when I returned to be a civilian,” he said. He entered the military in 1987 and he had the rank as an E-1 private. As part of your time of service, you can earn up to E-4 specialist which Ken had already completed. After many schools and classes along with promotion boards, he had earned the rank of E-6 Staff Sergeant. In having that rank, Ken had the position of Platoon Sergeant of a mechanized infantry unit. 

Howe stayed in touch with his family by writing letters or via mail. They didn’t have cell phones or internet at the time. He said that if they were lucky enough to have a pay phone around, they would call collect to talk with their families. 

The first unit he was in was called a “Cohort” unit in which they stayed together from boot camp to their duty assignment. According to Howe, they all became close to one another like a brotherhood should and when one was in trouble, they all banded together to help. Ken had also been with one of his closest buddies that was joining the Army too for much of the same reasons. Donnie Jackson was one of Howe’s best friends in the Army, Howe said. “We were friends going in and brothers coming out of the Army.” Their favorite memory together was coming home, knowing that they had made it. Still today almost thirty years now, Howe and his friends still reach out to each other for help and to share what they have been up to through the years. 

Howe had been a part of two deployments in his military career. The first deployment was to Honduras to keep peace and show of force for their elections. It was also to train their military troops while in the country. The second deployment was to Panama of which was to remove Manuel Noriega from power as the ruler of Panama. 

Howe did not serve in any major wars, he said. During the first part of his military career the two conflicts that he was in weren’t considered wars. “In the later part of my military career, when I was attached to the National Guard, the Gulf War had begun and we were preparing missions to deploy but that war was over before we could go,” he said. It wasn’t long after that when he decided it was time for him to leave the military. 

David Howe, Ken’s younger brother, was around 13 years old when Ken joined the military. David recalled that when Ken was deployed, Ken would call on phones from places that were destroyed but still had a working phone line. At the end of Ken’s service, David said, “It was great to have my brother back home.” 

Ken said he liked being in the military because of the friendships and the discipline that he received while in the military. He said he feels it was a great honor to serve in the military when he did and what was accomplished while serving. “Some days as I get older, I ask myself, would I do it again and I find that question to be answered as a yes every time.” 

 

Profile: Eastern Hancock Baseball coach

by Josie Coughenour/Staff Writer

Photo: Coach Chad Coughenour of Eastern Hancock watches Easton Fields slide into third against the Morristown third baseman in 2017.

A middle child, Chad Coughenour grew up on a small farm in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, with a love for baseball. With money being tight, he had to walk 6.5 miles just to attend a middle school or high school baseball practice, over the huge windy hills. He would throw a baseball off of the side of his family’s barn, and field it accordingly. He would work on his batting techniques, by hitting a golf ball with the end of a broomstick. His hard work and dedication paid off, for he got to play AAA ball, and he played for a baseball team overseas in Germany.

His love for the game continued past his playing years. He joined an organization run by Greenfield baseball travel league coach Harold Gibson called The Bandits. He then ended his playing career, and started on the coaching phase of his life. He coached the 17U division for 4 years. After his long journey with The Bandits, he decided to start coaching for a high school. He picked a neighboring school, Eastern Hancock, where he has been coaching for a total of fifteen years, and still going.

Coach Coughenour said he doesn’t care about a kid’s: race, gender, money, status, ability to play, or if they are a transfer student, when it comes to cutting players. Coughenour stated, “Every player who puts in the time, effort and commitment should have the reward of being apart of the team. If players can’t do that they cut themselves.” Coughenour said he believes what makes his style of coaching different from others is, “trying to invest the players in the process of learning.” This does not just apply to his team alone. The crowd has watched him tell a third baseman on the other team to loosen up, and try to have some fun. Coaches and umpires have also watched him make conversations with players on the other team about life, and they have seen him congratulating an opposing player when he makes a great play.

Andrew Knoblock, a former high school varsity baseball first baseman and pitcher, graduated from Eastern last year. He has played varsity for three years of his life. He admires that his coach could, “always knew a way to make us better. Not only in baseball, but in life, too.” He also liked how the head coach would intervene a conversation and make the kids think about what they were really saying.

Carter Dishman, a sophomore at Eastern had been coached under Coach Coughenour’s wing since he was eight years old. Carter performs on the summer team that Coach Coughenour coaches, and is a dresser for both JV and varsity in the Royals’ regular season. He said his favorite moment was, “When they got to eat at Gray Bros. cafeteria, and I got in on varsity for the first time.” What he admires the most about coach Coughenour is, “his determination and dedication to the whole baseball program. He knows everyone’s name, and can bond with everyone even if he has never met them before.

This will be Bob Sutton’s second year as an assistant coach for the Eastern Hancock Royals. His son, Wyatt, a freshman last year, seized the role as shortstop. Sutton coaches in the same mentality as Coughenour, both declaring, “I coach simply for the love of the game.” Both of them said they want to “give back to baseball.” One could say the coaching mentality for EH baseball is open-minded. Not only are the coaches in sync with the belief that one must have a passion for the game, to coach it, but they also believe that one must have a relationship with the kids, get to know them as a person, and hopefully be a mentor or a role model on or off the field, the coaches said. 

 

Mrs. Fields: Teaching with Creativity

by Ella Maciel/Staff Writer

  It’s hard to put into words who the teacher Rebecca Fields is. She is creative, funny and a good person to be around. Being her student means having to get used to completing crazy assignments and projects, such as learning about tectonic plates experimenting on food.

“She is the best teacher ever,” said Nikki Thomas, junior, Rebecca Fields’ student in Earth Space Science class.

Born in Allen Park, Michigan, Ms. Fields moved to Warsaw, IN while she was still very young. Rebecca has four brothers and one sister – they were called The Fieldses. At the age of 13, playing with her brother she tried to cut off a branch – to hit him with it – using a box cutting knife, she accidentally stabbed herself in the knee. Later, at her senior camp at Warsaw High School, a freshman from her swim team tried to make a ‘joke’ and to ‘scare’ them by shooting up into the air. The boy apparently didn’t realize that eventually the bullets would go down. Out of all the people there,  the only one who got hit was her. Later in life she got stabbed – again – on her hand, as a defensive wound. You might think, how crazy is this, right? Although going through these unpleasant situations. Ms. Fields handles them with optimism. “The days are hell, but the year will be good. I can either let this ruin every single day of the rest of my life or I can work through this, and recognize that these days while I am working with this will be hell, but I have to because I am choosing not to make my whole life hell,” Fields said of her experiences. She added, True growth happens when you have no idea what’s going on.” 

She mentioned Dr. Jackson and Dr. Whitaker, who taught her ecology and zoology/biology at  IUPUI. She described them as fascinating people who made her love what they were teaching. “The classes I remember the most are the classes where I do things,” she said referring to their IUPUI classes.

She has been teaching at Greenfield-Central for 12 years now. The reason why Ms. Fields became a teacher is because she is good with people and has always been, she said, and that is why she may be considered a memorable teacher. One of the things she loves the most is her coworkers at the science department, whom she describes as knowledgeable and understanding friends who can always bring something different to her life.

Once her four kids become stable adults she plans on moving and going to new places. She wants to meet the Lord of The Ring’s world, New Zealand, travel with the All Blacks the best rugby team ever,” she noted; experience a shark cage, see the Game of Thrones landscapes and the list goes on. Until then she still has many years left in her educational career.

Creative is a great word to describe Rebecca Fields. You can see that in her classes, where she encourages her students to apply the things learned in class on projects you would never even think about doing. The best evidence of that is the way she sees life as an uncarved block. “You get a piece of marble, inside of that is one of the greatest sculptures ever. You just have to find it,” Fields said.

 

Profile: Mr. Henderson

by Austin Tserlentakis/Staff Writer

Mr. William Henderson is a business teacher, but that is not all. Henderson is also a veteran who served our country. Henderson started off his military career in the army by enlisting. Henderson said, “My father served during World War II and my brother also had just joined the army. In a way (I was) following my family’s footsteps, but I didn’t particularly leave myself any other option.” 

 His first days of service were almost like any other, but still different. The military put him on a bus, flew him to bootcamp, he got his uniform, and then he was right in the thick of it. It took a whole 16 weeks for the bootcamp to come to an end. Henderson said, “I had to learn my squad mates like the back of my hand.” He learned how to fire weapon systems, how to seek the enemy, and anything a reconnaissance job would do. The army staff handpicked all his training for his specific job,  everything that suited him best for reconnaissance, he said.

Henderson served in the first Gulf War in 1991. The first Gulf War was caused by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s longing for the oil reserves in Kuwait. Hussein attempted to justify it by saying that Kuwait initially belonged to Iraq. This is false as Kuwait was established before Iraq’s sovereignty. This caused an international uproar when Hussein started his siege with America being the loudest voice. The USA and allied forces gave Iraq a chance to stop, but they did not so the Gulf conflict ensued.

During his time in Iraq, the weather presented challenges. Iraq had up to 107 degree temperatures with the lowest being only 83 degrees. Henderson said, “I remember it feeling like the air was being sucked out of your lungs when you first arrived.” 

Henderson ended his last day of service on September 3, 2011. Going back into civilian life was a difficult thing for him. Henderson said, “The army in a way institutionalized me.” All his basic needs were provided for: housing, food, water, clothes, ect. They were all already there. Henderson said, “It was hard for me, but I came out as a better person.”

Henderson’s teaching style was also affected by the military. Teaching was difficult at first because of how different it was from the military, he said. Henderson said, “In the military troops will follow orders when told by their superiors, but kids and teenagers tend to be more difficult in following directions.” It has made him have a more strict and also a more disciplinary teaching style, he said.

All in all, Henderson stresses how much he just wants students to learn. Henderson said, “I really want to be a teacher to them. I want them to go out of my class and take that lesson we learned, and then turn it into something even greater.”