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Longtime teacher, coach recognized in assembly

South’s Ron Garvin named Master Teacher

December 22, 2006

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Teacher and coach Ron Garvin was hearing Superintendent Randy Weseman rattle off an impressive resume Thursday afternoon during a South Junior High School assembly.

The superintendent - a former South principal - described an outstanding teacher, a mentor, a "pillar of the community" and a man of high character.

It just took Garvin a few minutes to realize Weseman was talking about him.

Garvin, who is in his 33rd year of teaching and coaching at South, was named the 2006-07 Lawrence Master Teacher on Thursday in front of his jubilant students.

"You are all a part of what South is about. I'm just a very small part of that," he said during an impromptu speech on the gym floor.

Garvin earned two degrees from Kansas University and student taught at South before working there full time. He taught math and science classes in the late '70s and early '80s. Since 1984, he has served as the school's physical education teacher.

He has also coached football for 33 years, boys basketball for 27 years, track for 14 years and high school baseball for 20 years.

As a ninth-grade football coach, his teams have a record of 173-70-10.

Those who nominated him listed his emphasis on healthy lifestyle and academic success for students.

"Mr. Garvin is one of those people that if I asked for something to be done, he usually had it done before I asked," Weseman said.

Superintendent Randy Weseman, left, congratulates Ron Garvin, a South Junior High School coach and teacher in his 33rd year of teaching and coaching, during an assembly Thursday afternoon to honor Garvin as the 2006-07 Lawrence Master Teacher. Garvin has served as the school's physical education teacher since 1984.

Superintendent Randy Weseman, left, congratulates Ron Garvin, a South Junior High School coach and teacher in his 33rd year of teaching and coaching, during an assembly Thursday afternoon to honor Garvin as the 2006-07 Lawrence Master Teacher. Garvin has served as the school's physical education teacher since 1984.

"He taught us leadership skills, how to live life, and he taught us how to be men," said Dustin Walthall, a South ninth-grader and football player.

KU football play-by-play announcer David Lawrence, South's health teacher, coached with Garvin for 17 years. Garvin spent countless and thankless hours performing maintenance on the football field to improve the experience for the players. Getting enough work out of his assistant was never a problem.

"I tried to figure out a way to get him to go home," Lawrence said.

The Lawrence public schools annually select one teacher for recognition. The educator is nominated for the Kansas Master Teacher program, sponsored by Emporia State University's Teachers College.

"I think I'm passionate about what I do. We have great kids, great parents. We have a great staff and administration," Garvin said.

Garvin's wife, Jane, was at the assembly with his daughter-in-law, Amy, and grandchildren Kenzie, 10, and Peyton, 7. Their son, Jay, could not attend. His daughter, Sara, lives in Omaha, Neb., with husband Jason and son Charlie, 2.

Garvin said he continues to look for ways to encourage students to exercise outside of school. While he has considered early retirement from teaching, for now he remains excited about working with students and in South's new building when it is completed.

Comments

John Myers 8 years, 8 months ago

Way to go, Coach! That's awesome. What a great guy.

~John (SJHS '82-'84)

Nikki May 8 years, 8 months ago

Congrats to him! The Garvin's are also very active in the youth sports. Ron with his son Jay coach many of the little league sports. Both men are great role models when on the field. They are friendly with the teams they play against and encourage both teams. This award seems to have found the right home.

prioress 8 years, 8 months ago

Good job; congratulations! The original TEACHER would be proud of you.

weedwacker 8 years, 8 months ago

I suppose congratulations is in order. This article to me says, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. How about all the kids that have had many problems with this teacher? It's time he retire!! He may be a great teacher and coach but there have been many things he has done to kids he coached that is not ethical. It's amazing out of all the teachers here in town, Garvin received this award. Yes, he has put his time into it, but what about all the kids he has "hurt" along the way? Wonder why that wasn't brought up. A person from the outside looking in would think nothing but the best of him. A lot of people know better.

RightinLawrence 8 years, 8 months ago

My son had Coach Garvin as a baseball coach. He learned more about hard work, character, and how to reach his potential from Coach Garvin than anyone with whom he has been in contact during his years in the Lawrence school district. Coach Garvin was a wonderful example to him and we are both grateful and blessed for the impact he had in our child's life.

frank regnier 8 years, 8 months ago

I have to agree with weedwacker. Not only my son has had a bad experience under his coaching, but many of his friends when he attended South Jr. High. I confronted him myself and asked him exactly what he expected from my child so I could assist my son with his abilities as a player. But, over the years, I have seen Mr. Garvin discourage many talented young persons from becoming a better athlete. His technique reminds me the way Soviet Union trains their athletes. He may be the most controversial coach in our school system but don't take my word for it nor, any other parent. Just interview the young persons who he supervised over the years and the truth will surface.

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