March 2, 2016 By:Hunter Watson
by Random Pendragon
Mr. Dan Borreson has been teaching at McNary for 27 years. Along with teaching English, he has now taken on the job of being Activities Director.
“I’m responsible for student leadership and helping organize how the ASB officials plan and run events at our school,” Borreson said.
“I had never tried anything like it before; I was involved in athletics as a student. My only foray into leadership was helping run a friend’s campaign for class president in high school, so this has been a huge shift for me,” he said. “Luckily, Mr. Heimerdinger has been very generous with his time and advice, tons of staff members have helped out, and my kids have been willing to let me learn along with them.”
“For me personally, the new challenge has given me an opportunity to coach again, and that is exciting; I’m not coaching football, basketball, or volleyball though, I’m coaching leaders at the school. It has been tremendous so far,” Borreson added.
Borreson’s main inspiration while working at McNary is a desire to help students. “I would sooner burn in the fires of hell than become an administrator. I don’t have the patience to work with adults and sit in meetings. I would go crazy,” adding that his place is “in the classroom working with students.”
Borreson said that he teaches because he loves “helping young people reach their full potential.”
“What I enjoy most is watching my leadership/activities students successfully reach their goals for events and activities they have planned. Watching them work, struggle, and then succeed is one of the coolest parts of the job,” Borreson said, also stating “the only part I dislike about teaching is dealing with all of the paperwork and expectations of politicians who haven’t taught a day in their lives.”
Borreson said he has a competitive nature which motivates him to do his best.
He hasn’t decided on a set amount of years he wants to be in this role, saying that he will make his decision to continue year-by-year.
Regarding the students he leads, Borreson is “thrilled with the amount of enthusiasm they have and the work they are doing.” He asks of them one overarching thing: “to work hard to serve their constituency—the students at McNary—and to do so with a smile on their faces.”