Football players recognize teachers as Honorary Coaches
When varsity football team co-captain Conner Chen was asked to choose a teacher for the Honorary Coach program, he immediately thought of Eagle Hill Middle School teacher Anita Davis.
Mrs. Davis was Conner’s first teacher in F-M, after he moved here as a fifth grader from Shanghai, China eight years ago.
“She was one of the most influential teachers I’ve ever had,” he said. “She made me feel welcome, told me to be who I am and confident about my Asian heritage, and I wanted to honor her.”
“We were both in our first year at F-M which created a special bond,” said Mrs. Davis, who now teaches sixth grade. “And I think the warm welcome he received from the Eagle Hill community was also very important to him.”
Since 2006, the F-M High School varsity football team has chosen educators admired by the players to be part of the football program for each home game. They attend practice on the Wednesday before the home game, speak to the team after Thursday's practice, and are with the team on the sidelines during Friday’s game.
“She not only made an impact on Conner, but the entire team,” said Coach Muench. “The players were deeply affected by her words, character, kindness, and dedication to being a true teacher.”
Mrs. Davis also presented the players and coaches with F-M pride t-shirts to wear under their uniforms.
“The football players are a very hard-working and devoted group,” she said. “They show great self-respect for themselves, respect for their teammates, and the coaches are role models for all teachers at F-M, as they build character on and off the field.”
F-M won the game against Oswego with a final score of 75-6.
“Conner scored a touchdown, which is difficult to do as a defensive player,” said Coach Muench.
F-M High School teachers Mary Ann Silvernail and Erin Concannon, and counselor Doug Madden have also been named as Honorary Coaches this season.
“We give this honor and recognize the educators in front of our large home-game crowds, because we believe football is an educational program,” said Coach Muench, who teaches social studies at F-M High School. “The more teachers that are a part of our program, the more insight they will have about what is accomplished on the field every day.”