8th Grade Social Studies Teacher
RFMS Dept Phone: (361)790-2230
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Who am I?
I am the husband of our high school choir director, Yvonne Jaggard. I am the father of three boys who all graduated from Rockport-Fulton High School -- Justin in 1999, Jay in 2001, and Jeremy in 2003. I am the proud grandfather of four beautiful grandchildren, two of whom (Thomas and Tatiana) live with me. I am a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Rockport, where I serve on the Board of Elders and sing in my wife's choir. And I am one of the 8th Grade Social Studies Teachers (US History from 1607 to 1877) at Rockport-Fulton Middle School!
When did I become a teacher?
I haven't always been in education ... in 1982 I began my professional career as a computer programmer for Central Power and Light Company in Corpus Christi. In 2003 I left the business world, resigning from my job as Director of Technology for Whataburger, Inc., to become a classroom teacher. I spent six years teaching social studies at Refugio Middle School and five years serving as the Social Studies Specialist at ESC-2 before finally joining ACISD in 2014 as Curriculum Facilitator at RFMS. In 2015 I joined the Central Office Curriculum Team as Coordinator of Secondary Instruction. In this role I served as an Instructional Coach and the Lifesavers Lead for RFMS and RFHS. That job was eliminated for the 2018-2019 school year as part of our Hurricane-Harvey-induced budget cuts, so I am moving back into the classroom, which is where I have really wanted to be ever since becoming a teacher in 2003.
How did I end up in Rockport?
A darned Yankee by birth -- I was born in New Jersey in 1958 while there were still only 48 stars on our flag -- I have lived in Texas most of my life, moving to Corpus Christi in 1967, graduating from Mathis High School in 1976, earning a BA in English from Corpus Christi State University (CCSU) in 1983, and capping off my formal education with an MBA from CCSU in 1988. Yvonne became the Assistant Choir Director under Martha Luigi at Rockport-Fulton High School in 1989. We moved our family to Rockport in 1993.
What do I like best about living here?
My favorite way to spend a day is to sit on the beach, reading a book, watching my grandchildren play in the sand and the surf; life just doesn't get much better than that! Living here enables me to go to the beach whenever the urge strikes!!!
My Personal Mission Statement
As an ardent fan of (and certified trainer for) Dr. Stephen Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, I have spent many years working on my personal mission statement. I recently boiled it down to this: Faith - Family - Service - Growth.
Beginning with this end in mind, I strive every day to "Be Proactive" and "Put First Things First." This means living my life in such a way as to strengthen my faith in God while shining the light of Christ on those around me, loving my family while serving others in ways that help all of us grow in body, mind, heart, and soul.
Borrowing a quote from Dr. Covey, my personal mission is:
"To live, to learn, to love, and to leave a legacy."
I love to read.
My favorite genre is historical fiction. I also enjoy reading biographies; I am fascinated (and encouraged) by seeing the impact that individuals have had on the world around them. I also read a lot of fiction, mostly detective stories or spy novels. Once in a while I read something related to education. :-)
Recent favorites in this category include The Art of Coaching and The Art of Coaching Teams, both by Elena Aguilar. Of course, I love The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Dr. Stephen Covey, The Fundamental 5 by Sean Cain and Teaching with Love and Logic by Jim Fay.
I love to watch movies.
Some of my favorites include The Lion King, Field of Dreams, The Alamo, The Crossing, The Patriot, Gods and Generals, Gettysburg, Glory, Amazing Grace, Amistad, and Iron-Jawed Angels. Family favorites include the Harry Potter movies, the Twighlight series, Star Wars, and National Treasure 1 & 2.
I love baseball (sort of ...)
Mrs. Jaggard loves baseball and I love Mrs. Jaggard so I spend a lot of time going to baseball games. If you are ever at a Hooks game, please stop by and say "Hi!". You will find us in section 113, row 16, seats 1-2-3-4. Mrs. Jaggard will be keeping score on her tablet; I will be reading a book on my iPhone (unless I am on the grass berm, playing with my grandchildren).
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