Why I Teach: Matthew Lemmons

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Hunt High School’s Matthew Lemmons is featured in this week’s installment of Why I Teach.

Current and first teaching position

Math teacher at Hunt High

Total number of years teaching

I’m in my fourth year

College attended

Barton College

Favorite quote

My grandma told me this a long time ago: “No matter what, remember who you are and where you come from.” It has always stuck with me. I think it is part of the reason that I value family so much, and why I always try to treat everyone with as much respect as possible.

Most memorable moment of your career

When I had a student who could not open the door in Room 110 to go to the restroom. It is hard to explain but the class, including myself, laughed for at least 10 minutes. I would also have to say coaching in general because there are countless moments that I will never forget.

What is your super power?

I think a lot of people would say my ability to cook — especially my cookies from scratch. Although, I would like to think it is my ability to talk to and work with anybody.

Why do you teach?

I teach because I hope that I can inspire students to better themselves just like my teachers inspired me. It is so cool to teach at the school that I graduated from because I get the opportunity to work with some of the people who helped mold me into who I am today. Every once in awhile, I have asked myself why in the world did I choose to become a teacher. As soon as a student thanks me for helping him or believing in him, that question answers itself.

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