Farewell Howdy

by Randy Roque

Farewell to the Howdy classroom. Better known as Gozonsky’s 11th and 12th grade English classes.

When first entering the classroom you are unsure of the assignment waiting, but before starting anything we are greeted with music and a minute to get settled in our seats. Having just a minute to gather your thoughts helps your mind become clear for the upcoming class and environment you’re surrounded in.

Gozonsky made an effect to be more than just our English instructor. There is so much more that comes into effect when writing, reading, and speaking to one another. When entering the classroom it was unusual at first to hear the teacher playing a song at the beginning of the class. Little did we realize how the music sets the mood for the class and calms the brain. This helps us focus on our work and classmates. The English room was a safe place for us to share our opinions, music, and even drawings.

Mr. Gozonsky was one of the few teachers who understood that the students needed their creative outlets to help influence everyday life and make our work unique. Over time it became natural to enter the classroom with new music genres, volumes, and lessons to be learned from them. I will miss sharing my ideas with the classroom and saying howdy to Mr. Gozonsky, but I’m glad I had this time to discover new music and ideas for reading, writing and being creative in my everyday life. The idea of saying howdy, doodling, and music, helps us become more social and be able to relate with people and start a conversation. So much of this world asks for academic preparation, meanwhile the world is also looking for strong, independent, and outgoing people to represent themselves and what they work for. My doodles, music, and lifestyle would be constantly repressed by most institutions and teachers, but Gozonsky embraces my passions, ideas and encourages me to pursue and expand my ideas with passions. This is my farewell, Howdy, and the best of luck toward Mr. Gozonsky. 

Published by MarkGozonsky

Mark Gozonsky has been writing stories and essays since he was a music snob prodigy in early-1970's San Antonio, Texas. Since then he has written about not only music but also baseball, gardening, teaching, parenting, cycling and the... glory of love. Lit Hub and The Sun have published his work, and so has the Austin Chronicle. He lives with his wife in Los Angeles, where he teaches English to some of the nicest kids in the world at an arts-themed public high school downtown.

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