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OC HIGH STUDENT NEWS AND VIEWS

OC High asks: What teacher has had the most impact on you?

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“My third-grade teacher, because she made learning fun. She had games, and we put on plays. In history, we were learning about the Statue of Liberty, and we put on a play about that. Or, if we were reading a book, we’d act out the book.”

Megan Logan, 17, senior, Villa Park

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“Probably my sophomore honors English teacher. She gave me a lot of help when I needed it. She helped my writing 100%.”

Sabrina Freidman, 16, junior, Canyon

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“My social studies teacher in the eighth grade. He had a policy that you should ‘dazzle’ him, which meant to do something really outstanding to catch his eye. It’s a policy I always try to stick to when I’m doing my work.”

Michelle Bernal, 17, senior, San Clemente

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“My math teacher. He really cares about his students and makes math so much easier. I’ve had him for three years.”

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Tiffany Persetto, 17, junior, El Toro

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“My sixth-grade teacher, who taught me how to be myself.”

Ali Nader, 17, senior, Mission Viejo

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“My history teacher, who was also my tennis coach. He taught us how to set a goal and follow through with it.”

Tim Chau, 17, senior, Woodbridge

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“My fifth-grade teacher. She truly embraced me in everything I did. She taught me how to believe in myself and in my capabilities.”

Michele Cho, 16, junior, Irvine

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“My English teacher affected me the most because she made us struggle the hardest in her class.”

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Sid Khoshoo, 16, senior, University

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“My ninth-grade honors history teacher because he let the class discuss things, and he never said, ‘This is the way things are.’ He let people ask questions; he let them think. He made learning interesting.”

Aaron Hand, 16, junior, El Toro

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“My biology teacher in the eleventh grade, because he taught us the importance of caring about other animal and plant life. That has a lot to do with why I’m an environmentalist.”

Payal Kumar, 17, senior, Canyon

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“My eleventh-grade history teacher . . . he’s such a scholar; he inspired me to pursue academics. He’s kind of a liberal, a rebel, and he gave different perspectives on common issues. He taught me how to investigate things for myself and not to just read a textbook and believe everything we read. We didn’t even use a textbook.”

Vic Capoor, 17, senior, Canyon

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“My fifth- and sixth-grade teacher, because in the fifth grade I wasn’t doing well, but she always encouraged me, and she taught me to be more persistent. When I got to the sixth grade I thought she was my favorite teacher, even though I used to think she was so mean. I realized the strict teachers were better. She influenced the way I feel about getting good grades and studying and education.”

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Shadi Sheidayi, 15, junior, Sunny Hills

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“My swimming coach, because in him, I see what I would like to be. He has his morals and priorities straight, and he’s a great mentor to everybody in my generation. He just cares about all his students and players; he cares about their whole lives and about what kind of human beings they’re going to be.”

Sarah Rawson, 16, junior, El Toro

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*Responses gathered by Jasmine Shoukry, Michelle Pham.


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