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Never Judge a Teacher by their Appearance

Title – Never Judge a Teacher by their Appearance

By – Taryn Sennott

My story is about my 8th grade history teacher. He was the best teacher I think I’ve ever had and without him, I don’t think I’d be where I am today as a Sophomore in High School.

Mr. Hagar was the scariest teacher I think I’d ever had. He was very tall, and loud. But once we all got to know him, he was the nicest person in the entire world. He would teach my classmates and I how things were and have us act things out in class. He was always yelling, but through all the yelling, there was always a smile.

When I was in 6th grade, he had to leave school because he had cancer. The year I had him, he was recovering, and then he had to leave for a couple of months to have reconstructive surgery. When he was gone, I was so lost because there was no more yelling; school seemed so quiet. Then when he came back, he had a scar and a cane. He was still the same guy, but he couldn’t yell as much, but just the same… He was back and we were so excited.

I realize now, 2 years later, that he had to go through so much and I am happy he is in remission now. He also retired so he can enjoy riding his 5 horses. He was a great teacher, and a friend. Anyone who knew him would agree. He is the bravest man I know, because I know he had to go through a lot of suffering and painful surgeries. Although now, 2 years later, he has fully recovered.

I don’t get to see him that often, only once a year, but I am so glad that I do. Just to see him and know he’s okay and to tell him that his inspiration still grows, and also thanks to Mr. Hagar, when I grow up I want to be a history teacher just like him, and honestly…he was the only teacher at my middle school to actually be called “Mister”.


Taryn Sennott

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