Balancing coaching and teaching

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While students have multiple commitments to attend to, they are not the only ones who feel the pressure to fulfill them.  Several of Northwood’s teachers teach up to three classes a day before immediately rushing to the field or court to coach a sport.

Just like students need to maintain a healthy balance between school and other extracurriculars, it is important that teachers have a good balance as well.  Coaching is a healthy way for teachers to temporarily decompress from a stressful day while simultaneously receiving their daily exercise.

Although coaching is beneficial for themselves, teachers admire the positive impacts sports have on their students.  The playing field is another venue students can use to demonstrate their maturity and leadership skills. Northwood Baseball coach and history teacher Greg Marchant enjoys watching students surmount obstacles and develop into more resilient individuals.

“Of course you evaluate their skills on an athlete level, but you really get to see students with a great work ethic, who can overcome bad things and who are the leaders when the game gets tough,” Marchant said.

As a large portion of their time is consumed by working at school, teachers have to utilize their break time wisely throughout the day. Math teacher John Clarke, who also coaches track and basketball in addition to teaching his Math 1 and Math 2 classes, is very familiar with this challenge.  However, he shows fond enthusiasm for both jobs.

“Coaching is teaching and teaching is coaching,” Clarke said. “Time is precious, but you have to commit the time to both.”

Rather than looking at multiple jobs as a burden, teachers take it as an opportunity to help students develop their character and confidence.

“I would like to think that I am giving my students and my athletes a chance to succeed,” Clarke said. “I need to put in whatever that time is to give them that chance!”