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Bill Fox, Science, Perry Jr. High School, 1980, Perry, Iowa
Mr. Fox, (and I only knew him as Mr. Fox, I believe Bill was his first name) was a science teacher in 8th grade science. He did some amazingly great experiments.
Once, he lay on a bed of nails with a board on his chest, then let a student hit him with a big sledge hammer to show how the force is dissipated over a large area.
Quite often, he exploded lithium & potassium in water to give big explosions, show how some metals react, and probably to scare the kids.
I remember his love of Penn State and Joe Paterno. I remember the lab tables in his room.
And I remember one time, when he had to step out for half of a class, how he put me in charge. And with the principal overseeing us, I remember how I attempted to explain some problems to the class. I remember being clever enough to ask someone to try to work a problem if I didn’t understand it, saving myself much embarrassment. It may have been the only time in my adolescence when someone asked me to teach a class.
Like so many great teachers, Mr. Fox’s enthusiasm inspired me through his passion, through his demonstrations and his trust in me.
Thanks Mr. Fox!