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Teacher of the Week: First Coast High School Physics Teacher Richard Black

8:13 AM, Sep 12, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Richard Black teaches physics at First Coast High School. He was a Navy air-traffic controller for more than two decades, and when he retired, he says he turned to teaching as a way to fill that void.

"I had to replace the intrinsic value and the satisfaction I derived from that job with something else. So I thought and thought and thought, and said 'Okay, well I'll try this.' And I've found that I've replaced that and more," he says.

Black's students say his classes are fun, and he makes learning easy, even physics.

"He actually demonstrates and does the problems with you. Like, you're not just learning from a book, you're learning from an actual person. He's up on the board, doing the actual work with you, and during labs he's doing them with you. He's just always there,"
says senior, Christina Bieler.

Bieler also says Black also goes above and beyond in some ways, like helping students with scheduling concerns and even putting in long days, "Last year I had physics honors, and he stayed after at least ten times with me"

Black says even though teaching wasn't his first profession, he enjoys what he does. "It's the inner satisfaction that's come from knowing you've done something challenging, something worthwhile, something rewarding," he says.

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