Brenda Montes, Reporter
A regular english teacher teaching the class, or is he really regular? Mr. Palacios or Coach, African American/ Mexican born and raised in Fresno, California in a town called Livingston.
Twenty-nine year old teacher received a scholarship for baseball at Cal State University Stanislaus and has a Bachelor's of arts in English and a Masters in education. “I’ve played baseball in college, as well coached the sport before,” said Coach.
He has taken over Mrs. Abuel class for a temporary time for 8-10 weeks, while Mrs. Abuel is in maternity care. He has previously applied to be an English Teacher at Samueli Academy.“I knew about The Academy though because I used to live in Santa Ana and I drive by a field with a fence that said “The Academy” opening this summer (which was back in 2014) and I remember saying I want to be part of there and be there, so I started applying but I never got a call back,” said Coach.
Previously came from Villa Park High School in the Orange Unified School District teaching English 10 and Drama. “The energy and culture is drastically different here which I love because you walk by and say hi to someone and they reply and you know everyone or at least seen them once. Compared to my old High school, I just knew my students from my Drama and English class, but outside of class there was so much school that I didn’t know who the rest are and they didn’t know who I was.” said Coach.
Coach has a daughter of 7 years old and tries “to be the best I can be,” said Coach. Not only he is a father and teaches at school but also teaches a dance class. The genres he teaches are Salsa and Bachata.
As for all the hard work he does, he loves to cook, “especially for other people,” said Coach. He writes poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Word on the street is that he raps for fun, but let’s keep that a secret. His favorite rap artists are Mos Def and Kanye West.
To end the final question everyone has is: Why be called Coach and not by Mr. Palacios? He has a personal philosophy in his life which is why he likes to be called Coach. “I read a book: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. In which he saw a former teacher going through a bad disease and he decides to call the teacher and says hello do you remember me I was in your college class way back when. Of course I remember you but why didn’t you call me Coach. So then this teacher who ended up being well connected with his students, went by Coach,” said Coach. “Which for when I transition to having my own classroom, I said okay Mr. Palacios sounds long and stuffy, and is way too traditional for me and that’s not my approach, I’m more of a teacher who see’s them as who they are and not just for being my students and I’m the teacher. And so I’m here more of a Coach rather than Mr. so that’s how I decided to go by Coach.”
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