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By Estela Reyes
Teachers are more than just academically talented, most of us don’t think twice about their life out of the classroom and it might come as a surprise to you but many teachers were also once star athletes in high school. Mr. Macedo is a physics and astronomy teacher, he attended The Webb Schools of California which is a private boarding school. There, he excelled in his academics as well as cross country, soccer, and track and field. Work got in the way of his love for sports, after following his freshman year. Mr. Macedo states that the all use of money and the pleasure he found working were fair replacements for his love for sports.
A first year teacher here at South Gate, Mr. Corona a Bell High School alumni wrestled at a weight class of 125. In 2005 the eagles were named Division 1 CIF Champions, Mr. Corona recalls the excitement, “we felt accomplished and we knew our hard work payed off, great way to end my high school career.” He now pays back to his community by coaching at Linda Marquez High School “I do this because I want to give other kids an opportunity to compete in the great sport of wrestling.” Although, wrestling may be misinterpreted as a sport where academics don’t matter, Mr. Corona states this is absolutely wrong, “wrestling has the highest GPA out of any contact sport” he shares that everyone on the team was in honors classes and had high academics.
South Gate High School’s very own Ms.Pacheco a math teacher, in her freshman and sophomore year of high school played junior varsity basketball. Basketball was not her only passion, she recalls also trying out for the Lady Rams Softball team and making it onto the junior varsity team but ultimately did not play with the team because “I did not understand that I could play on both teams and I did not ask either, so I picked one sport and basketball was the one for me.” Ms. Pacheco shares that it was a challenge balancing her academics and her love for basketball, “during season my grades would drop and I would have to work harder to bring them back” this decline in her grades pushed her to stop playing basketball her junior year because she did not want to risk her chances of college being an option in the future. Ms. Pacheco shares that she does not play basketball anymore but she does have a new profound interest which is running, she was in charge of Students Run LA but now has two babies and states that she has a hectic life and does not run as much anymore.