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Remembering Bob Bailey:

A teacher who made a difference


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Mr. Bailey was one of those unique
teachers who made an impact on every
student, regardless of whether you
had him or not. His presence was felt
throughout the school and everyone,
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and had my first class with him, I really
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nine months of my life in his class were
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Mr. Bailey was truly a great teacher
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did so very well), he truly helped shape
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me into who I am today something I
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am so grateful for. Kindness, patience,
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you, Mr. Baileyyou will not be forgotspontaneous, and hilarious. He was such
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miss him very much.
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cation world. You will be missed. Lots
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always calm, never got mad and always
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added your own personal touch to each
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tion that he was one of the best teachers.
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WRZQOHJHQGVRIWHDFKHUVVHHPWRWULFNle down. Mr. Bailey was the teacher


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grade English. If you wanted to learn,
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on a journey you would never forget.
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Hawthorne, but this time as a teacher.
Even though I was no longer a student,
Bailey continued to be a teacher, guiding me and advising me, listening to my
troubles and celebrating my successes.
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subject. I remember the excitement of
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highly respected by his colleagues in the classes. He was infamous at Hawthorne
district.
and had such a unique style of teaching. His classroom atmosphere was
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teacher throughout all of elementary,
middle and high school. Hawthorne and
BHUSD have lost a gem of a teacher.
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when a teacher succeeds on that front,
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teacher. But in my opinion, aside from
what he taught us in the classroom,
whether it be English or a life lesson, I
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his sense of humor. He had an amazing
sense of humor. He definitely will be
greatly missed.