Mr. Buck Day is a traveller. On the first day of school at Hansen High School, history students in Mr. Day’s class may not know they’re in the presence of a teacher who is a former professor, former academic dean for a university, a former Air Force member, a United States Foreign Service Officer, and is now wearing a dress shirt and tie every day to teach history to his students.
“I want to look like a professional because I believe teaching is an important profession,” explained Day, who has landed in the Hansen School District and is in his 7th year of teaching to a tight-knit community that he “tends to cherish.”
For the first day of school, Mr. Day has a routine. “I welcome them to the course. Some kids don’t realize which class they’re sitting in and it’s useful for them to know this,” Day grinned. “We don’t have to spend too much time on introductions either because some of these kids have been in class together since kindergarten.”
Day’s demeanor turned serious when he spoke of a teacher he holds in high regard. “The teacher who inspired me the most was a high school math teacher I never had as a classroom teacher, but who I admired from afar.”
The math teacher was Mr. Edmund Boyce. He had been teaching high school math at Rutland Senior High School for many years before Day entered high school. Day described his Teacher Hero as a man of “wry humor and a strong sense of gravitas” but that he made it clear that he was passionate about helping his students learn.
“When you crossed the threshold of his classroom, it was all business,” Day stated.
Learning happens and the lessons learned are sometimes the results of subtle influences. It travels with learners and like a great “Pay It Forward” experiment, it’s a gift that keeps on giving right here in Hansen, Idaho.