Let’s take a step back from sports for a bit. Why did you want to become a teacher?
I decided to become a teacher about a year after I finished high school. I finished high school and said, ‘I’m done. I don’t want anything else to do with school.’ I got out, was working in the real world, and the real world didn’t like me, so I said, ‘I want to get back involved with sports, and involved with academics.’
For you personally, is it better getting your first teaching job close to home at Lakewood Academy instead of moving to a different part of the province?
I was offered a few jobs up on the mainland, actually. I was offered a job in Saskatchewan, and there was a potential job in Alberta. I got a call for this position, and I took it without question.
You started off by saying the students were a little nervous about seeing a new teacher for the first time. If you had to send some advice to students who get nervous with a new teacher, what would you tell them? How should they approach a new teacher?
Be nice. Introduce yourself and get to know someone before you start judging.
Thanks for your time, Mr. Hicks. Is there anything else you want to add about being at Lakewood Academy?
I was surprised at the turnout we had for volleyball tryouts. We haven’t had a whole lot of interest in the past, but there’s been a lot of interest this year, and I’m definitely looking forward to the volleyball season this year.