Fallbrook High School varsity football players took time to thank their teachers for their unending support and encouragement in an appreciation event October 23 during school hours and at halftime during their game against Escondido.
On Teacher Appreciation Day, 60 teachers were informed that their “hard work and dedication to their students, including these players, has not been overlooked,” said Wendy Salyers, vice president of the Fallbrook Football Boosters. “Football players have to leave class early sometimes and these teachers have really worked with our players and encouraged them.”
Each football player selected one of his favorite teachers to honor during the varsity home game on Friday. As a token of appreciation, the player also delivered a ‘goodie bag’ and his football jersey to the instructor before classes began that morning.
Teacher Kathy Beal was honored by player Taylor Perry.
“I feel honored and humbled by his thanks,” said Beal. “Students and teachers, parents and staff are really a community whose mission is to help students become successful. To me, the effort that the players and team make to thank teachers strengthens our entire school’s sense of community.”
Salyers explained that the players were asked to pick three favorite teachers, just in case a teacher was selected by more than one student. “All of the students were happy with who they selected,” said Salyers.
History teacher Tim Oder, who was honored by Jarred Moore, said he was very pleased by the act of appreciation.
“It is always satisfying to be recognized by your students for your efforts on their behalf,” said Oder. “It means a lot to me to have that positive relationship and get that recognition.”
And Oder said he tries to make a point to be encouraging to the student athletes.
“I give them kudos for their extra time and efforts for our school,” he said. “I feel that good efforts on the field and in the classroom are related and indicative of a successful and well-rounded student.”
Parents and other supporters with the Football Booster Club support the players as they strive toward great accomplishments, said Salyers. “We are most grateful for the positive role the teachers have played in their education and growth. They have helped the players know the importance of being a fine student athlete.”
Beal said the effort many of the players put forth is indeed admirable.
“In the classroom I remember that these students are making the effort to be scholar athletes,” she said, “and I feel they are the ones really trying to do things well.
“They have committed themselves to pursue excellence both in class and in their sports.
“For instance, Taylor
is a true scholar athlete who puts forth diligent effort on the football field as well as in the classroom.
“My role as a teacher is to support these students academically by providing rigor and expecting accountability. I also encourage them to be involved in sports and other school activities.”
Beal said she feels the benefit will carry forward into the students’ lives.
“I truly believe and share with my students that through sports and school involvement, they will develop important life skills such as teamwork, determination and the pursuit of excellence,” she said. “These skills will benefit them in whatever they chose to do in life.”
Debbie Ramsey contributed to this story.