20 Questions with Mr. Wagoner

Justin Guardado, Staff Writer

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Math teacher and Surfing/Volleyball Coach Mr. Richard Wagoner sat down with Fore N Aft writer Justin Guardado for a question and answer session. You may have learned much FROM Mr. Wagoner, now take a minute and learn ABOUT Mr. Wagoner.

Do you have any hobbies?

Back in the day, I would play in the attic with trains, connecting magnet trains together, but now repairing my cars is my hobby.

What college did you go to?

I went Long Beach City College  for 2 years, then transferred to UCLA and graduated from there.

3. What interested you in teaching?

I had several former teachers who inspired me and now I hope to inspire and  influence others as well.

4. When did you become a teacher?

started as a substitute teacher at Torrance High back in 1988.

5. What interests do you pursue outside of the class?

 Surfing and camping are some of my best outside pursuits.

6. What is your weak point when it comes to teaching?

   Discipline, not being good at acting tough and more intimidating. It’s just not my style.

7. What is your least favorite aspect of teaching?

   Having meetings and dealing with policies from the district.

8. Could you describe one of your typical work days?

I organize things every morning to get ready to teach until I have a perfect teaching plan, and I try to find space for volleyball practice.

9. How come you chose to teach at SPHS?

  I lived nearby SPHS and I’m a legacy.

10. What subjects do you teach?

I teach math and coach surf and volleyball.

11. What would like for your students?

 I want my students to succeed and become more than just a teacher , and I also want my students to be proud of themselves.

12. What was your highest achievement?

 Raising my own kids, working at the state level and mathematics industry.

13. What part of your job do you find most challenging?

Trying to make my materials interesting and class as well, and making sure my students don’t feeling disappointed.

14. What could a visitor to your class expect to see?

 Visitors will see students that aren’t afraid to speak up on subjects. If they’re not strong on, then they don’t like the subject

15. Describe your teaching style?

   I try to stay organized and connect with the kids.

16. How do you organize your classroom?

Fairly traditional, I try and make my classroom have an inviting atmosphere, and a class that accepts everyone and has a sense of humor.

17. How many hours do you work in a typical workday?

 My typical workweek is about 55 hours on average.  

18. Are there any negatives to your job?

  Too many meetings, and some district policies that don’t make any sense. 

19. What type of music do you listen to?

Country music, 70’s music, and the band “Green Day, and some heavy metal music that comes from my son as well as alternative bands.

20. What’s your favorite movie?

    My favorite movie is called “AIRPLANE”



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