This is my first post here, so I want to use this opportunity to give a special thanks to each and every person that made this venture possible and gave me the opportunity to do what I love, which is learn and teach others what I learn. You are always told growing up to do something that you love, and you will never work a day in your life. I can say from personal experience that more true words have never been spoken.    

Let me say up front that this is by no means meant to be an all inclusive academic thank you list. I have had far too many professors to thank each and every one of them here. This would go on forever if I did that. If you are one of my former professors and are not mentioned here, don't think that I have forgotten you. Rest assured, I still remember each and every one of you, and in some way or another, each of you helped me to get where I am in life today. However, the ones that are mentioned here would go in my academic hall of fame. Of course, I have to thank a few non academic people as well, so here we go. 

First on the list, I have to thank Mike McCollum. He was my very first college math teacher, and I am so glad that I got him for my first ever math class. My entire life might have worked out different if that wouldn't have happened. I eventually took him for 6 different math classes, but it was that first one that set the fire that still burns inside me today. I consider myself to be the best today, but if you ever want to come out of retirement Mr. McCollum, I will give you your crown back. Until then, it is mine. He showed the best way to do everything, as I pride myself in doing today. I can still here him saying make the box when completing the square and get all of the relevant information when graphing parabolas too. Many of the things that I teach now, I got from him, and as long as I teach, his methods will live on through me.

Second on the list, I have to thank Karen Driskell. She was my second college math teacher, and I am so glad that I got her for that class. She is person that gave me my very first tutoring job. She was over the mathematics learning center at Calhoun Community College at the time, and she offered me a job in the lab while I was in her class that semester. I wound up working in that lab for the next 7 years, and I eventually started tutoring chemistry, physics, and engineering classes in there too. I would never have dreamed back then that 15 years later I would be writing this on my own tutoring website. 

Third on the list, I have to thank Dr. Ben Currin. He was my first college chemistry teacher, and he made me want to study chemistry. I have no doubt if it was not for having him I might never have chosen to study chemistry as well as everything else. He showed me that someone like me could be successful in academics. 

Fourth on the list, I have to thank Dr. Larry Covick. He was my second college chemistry teacher, and he also made me want to study chemistry. I have a chemistry degree today thanks in large part to him. He is like me, except he just focuses on chemistry. He both can and does teach the entire chemistry curriculum, and he does so superbly.

Fifth on the list, I have to thank Dr. Greg Holliday. I am so glad that he is exactly like he is. I literally studied physics from daylight until dark each and every time that I had him because I wasn't about to let him see me fail. It is tough to live up to being the physics king, especially when you have Dr. Holliday, but I did it. Thanks for not making it easy and for all that you did for me.

Sixth on the list, I have to thank Dr. James K. Baird. He is a jack of all trades too. He is a chemist, a mathematician, a physicist, and an engineer all rolled into one. Like me, he is one of the few people walking the streets that you can approach with partial differential equations or quantum mechanics problems or any derivation or anything else for that matter and not make him tremble. He is the only person in this world that I would trust to be my backup, if I needed one.

Seventh on the list, I have to thank Dr. Thalia Love. When Karen Driskell left Calhoun, she became my boss, and I had nothing but fun working for her. I can honestly say that she was like my best friend, not my boss, and I certainly miss those days.

Eight on the list, I have to thank Dr. Neal Fentress. He is an academic professional like myself that just happens to be hilarious. That combination itself should get you into the academic hall of fame.

Ninth on the list, I have to thank Greg Hart. He once gave me a speech in which he told me that I wasn't like everyone else, and I needed to find a way to accept that. It took a long time, but I finally did. Like Dr. Fentress and myself, he is hilarious too, which is so hard to find in upper level academia. 

Tenth on the list, I have to thank Sarah Bates. I learned to think like a mathematician first by thinking like her. She was my Calculus 1 teacher, and although it took a long time, I now understand why you had to quibble about something. 

Now, it is time for me to thank those that are not my former professors.

Eleventh on the list, I have to thank Sean Johnson. He has been like a brother to me since the day that we met, and during the darkest days of my life, he was there for me when all others had gone.

Twelfth on the list, I have to thank Eric Aldridge. Like Sean, Eric was a there for me when all others had gone, and he stepped up to help me when no one else would do so.

Thirteenth on the list, I have to thank Holly Foshee. I can never thank you enough for what you did for me. Not many people would do what you did, and the fact that you didn't ask for nothing in return shows how special that you are.

Fourteenth on the list, I have to thank Veronnica Hilliard. If it was not for you, I might never have been me again. I am eternally grateful for everything that you have done for me as well. There has never been a better listener born. 

Finally, I want to thank Trevor Butcher of State Farm Insurance, Steve Sasser of Blackburn, Maloney, and Schuppert law firm, and Jim Gharib of IG Webs. 



One Response to A Special Thanks

  • Jim Gharib says:

    you are a thoughtful person and this is a great first post. I hope this instrument will prove to be a tremendous tool for all your endeavors. I wish for you smooth sailing and may God bless you in your life.

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