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Mentors: Heather Bishop

February 25, 2012 — Leave a comment

This post is part of my Mentors Blog Post Series.

Mid-year, my sophomore year at Buchanan High School, I transferred schools to Clovis West High School. There were several factors, one was that I did not connect with any teacher, staff, or administration. I believe that wherever you are, it’s important to find those who can mentor you. At Buchanan, I had none. I knew the choir program was amazing at Clovis West, because my sister was a part of it and I also knew the German program was good. Since I planned on spending some time in Germany during my college years, I knew that would be a plus.

When I transferred, it was with one of my best friends, Gerald. We both joined choir right away and met Mrs. Heather Bishop. She was a great influence and mentor all through out high school and beyond. She was also a gracious host when a church I worked at was using her rooms while being a portable church. But you don’t have to take my word for it. She’s now at Clovis North and was recently named KSEE 24’s Educator of the Week. Click the image above to watch the video.

One current student says:

She is so amazingly talented and we would be nothing without her coaching. She doesn’t help just the choir sound better, she helps each individual voice, so it’s a great product.

Past Mentors Blog Posts:
Andy Benton
Cheronn Foster
Jason Foster
Coach Vance Walberg
Westin NobleĀ 

This is the fourth installment of my Mentors Blog Series. Today I honor Coach Vance Walberg. He is currently the Assistant Coach at UMASS, but he was the Varsity Boy’s Basketball Coach at Clovis West High School while I was in school there. He was also my PE Coach. I know it doesn’t seem like much, but a PE Coach CAN have a profound impact on someone. I was never a motivated PE student, but there was something about Walberg that motivated and inspired me. One thing you’ve got to know about me is that negative motivators have little-to-no affect on me. Walberg drew it out, he made you believe you could do anything and then you would do it. He was tough on his students, but in a positive way. He made the class come together, cheer each other on and he forced us to know all about Character Counts.

I remember him teaching us about TRRFCC (Terrific). This acronym is what enabled me to remember the 6 Pillars of Character Counts.

  • Trustworthiness
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Fairness
  • Caring
  • Citizenship

If you dig up the dirt, you know he wasn’t perfect. But looking past anything negative, this guy I respect. He wrote a college recommendation for me to Pepperdine, where he later coached for two years. He was one of my mentors.

Past Mentor Blog Posts:
Andy Benton
Cheronn Foster
Jason Foster