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Governor Remembers Teachers
Friday, 14 January 2011

January 13--  Two of the people Georgia Governor Nathan Deal made sure were at his inauguration in Atlanta were his high school teachers from Sandersville.

ImageTeachers Hazel Metts (L) and Isabelle Snyder with their student, and now Governor, Nathan Deal.

"Those were two very special people to me.  Mrs. Metts was my high school English teacher and was very important as I was preparing to go to college.  Mrs. Snyder was my history teacher and also my debate coach.  Our debate team won the state championship in my junior and senior years and she was our coach on both occasions," Governor Deal remembers.

Mrs. Synder, who is now 88, remembers the Governor won the national FFA speech contest in Kansas City when he was in high school and says she always knew he would be successful.

"I'm delighted he's governor of Georgia.  He's very honest.  His opponents tried to smear him, but they can't because he is truly an honest man.  He's also very sincere, you know where you stand with him.  He's upfront," she says.

Like many teachers, Governor Deal says Mrs. Snyder and Mrs. Metts had an impact on his life.

"They have served for many years in our public schools and impacted the lives of many people.  I'm just one of those.  Like any teacher, they don't sometimes recognize the influence they have on the children who pass through their classrooms.

"My father taught vocational agriculture and one of the most moving things I recall is how many people came to his funeral and said he taught them in high school.  To have those connections and fond remembrances I think says a lot about how important teachers are to our society," Governor Deal says.

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