Teacher Hopes To Make A Difference In Student's Life

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Wayne Gorry

Name: Wayne Gorry

School and subjects taught: Julia Randall Elementary School, 5th grade reading, math, writing, science and social studies

College degree and major: BA Arizona State University, Speech Communication; MS U.S. Sports Academy, Sport Science

Years teaching: I’m not sure, but I’m teaching children of former students.

Why do you teach? I get the chance to make a difference in someone’s life every day of work.

Personal motto / words of wisdom: Pain is only temporary, victory lasts forever. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables.

Family: Wife, Gail, PUSD Response to Intervention Coordinator; sons, Aspen, Professor of Economics, UC Santa Cruz; and Cypress, PHS Sophomore who kindly waits for me when we ride bikes together.

Pet peeve: America’s mass submission to the greed of corporations.

Favorite hobby or leisure activity: Mountain bike riding on sweet single-track. Unfortunately, I have to travel away from Payson to find the single-track.

Person in history you’d most like to meet and why: Mohandas Gandhi. I think if more leaders embraced his principles of nonviolence we would live in a much better world.

Why Payson? It was my escape from the Babylon of Phoenix. My neighbors brought me camping here when I was 10, and I found my way back.

In school, who was your favorite teacher and why? Mr. David Phares, High School Speech and Debate Teacher/Coach. He set high standards, always provided a good example, made everything fun and taught me much more about life than just his subject area. Later he was my supervising teacher when I was a student teacher.

What was your favorite subject in school and why? Speech and Debate. Participating in it taught me how to think.

What was your favorite year in school and why? Senior. Glory Days.

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