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Teacher Feature Cary Downey, Leroy Nichols Elementary School

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Posted: Friday, September 30, 2011 12:00 am

Q: What is one thing that your students would never guess about you?

A: I was born in England and started kindergarten in Africa (Morocco). I graduated high school in Illinois.

Q: Did you play high school sports?

A: I played all the sports in high school. I started out at Bradley University on a track scholarship and finished at Biola University in Southern California.

Q: What are your hobbies?

A: Most people could answer that for me. TURTLES! I have about 10 water turtles and eight tortoises in my back yard.

Q: What is something that makes you happy?

A: “Roasting” people at retirement parties. I’ve been the MC for a few parties and enjoyed making others laugh at themselves.

Q: How do you describe a perfect day?

A: A thunderstorm, turtle hunting, a good competitive game of touch football and spending time with my wife and children.

Q: What was your favorite game to play as a child?

A: Kick the can, touch football and kickball were my all-time favorites. As a teacher, I still get recess and can fit in games of touch football with my sixth-grade students.

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