Mr. Holcomb, a new addition to McNary's staff
June 3, 2016 By:Hunter Watson
By: Ashley Moores of the McNary Piper
Mr. David Holcomb is the newest addition to the McNary High School staff. He is a devoted teacher to his students, and he really cares about each and every one of them.
He shares a special bond with his students.
He learned the feeling of how special a bond with teachers could be in high school. He had two teachers that he shared a bond with that helped guide him and help him stay on the right track.
“I wanted to be a teacher when I was 16. I had two really awesome teachers at the time. They were really the only role models I had,” Holcomb said. They were the reason he wanted to be a teacher.
Holcomb wants to be at McNary and really loves what he does with a passion.
“I really like the energy of McNary students. I really like their excitement for life,” Holcomb said. He sees students in a different way than some teachers might. He shows that in the way he talks about his students; it is obvious to see that he cares deeply about each and every student he has.
“I almost flunked 9th and 10th grade,” Holcomb said. Now a teacher, he turned things around and got an education.
He is a World Geography and American Government teacher here at McNary. While having a 13 month old month daughter and a dog that is like a kid to him, he balances home life and teaching all week.
“The best part of my job is creating relationships with my students,” Mr. Holcomb explained. Being a new teacher can be a struggle because “being so new, it’s kind of hard, but it’s good because I’m growing as a teacher everyday,” Holcomb said.
“A typical day in my job is getting here before seven, getting everything ready for the day, teaching, getting materials, prep for classes, grading, and having fun,” Holcomb said.
Before he was a teacher, he worked as a graduate mission and also did business sales. One of the places he worked for while doing sales was for Verizon, selling phones. As a kid, he first wanted to be a professional football player, but then he realized he was too small for that. He kept on playing football, though, and had a lot of fun doing it. After moving on from his football dream, he decided he wanted to be was a doctor. He was having troubles with his grades in school, so he didn’t think he could do it. He finally realized that being a teacher was his calling and what he wanted to do with his life.
“I absolutely love being a teacher,” Holcomb said.