Mr. Cox (4th grade teacher) will be retiring at the end of this school year. He is retiring to Canada to be closer to his family.
We thank Mr. Cox for his 16 years of dedicated teaching at Skinner West. He has been one of our most beloved and requested teachers of all time. The students' tributes truly say it best:
Andrew B. "He was the person who invented the single, double, and quadruple purple slips which caused purple clip mania where purple slip boxes were stuffed to the limit. I remember going against the 5th graders who were clearly better and faster at multiplying fractions than us 4th graders, but for our bravery, were were given the quadruple purple slips. I remember the apple rattler that smelled like coffee and learning how to sign the pledge of allegiance. I still do"
Ethan D. "An amazing teacher leaving this amazing school. He meant something to all of us. Of course, he taught us with his amazing teaching skills, but what he will most be remembered for are his traits. His kindness is a trait to be rivaled. He had courage, trusting us to organize parties and projects. Mostly though, he encouraged us. He encouraged us to get good grades and improve them to our extent. To push ourselves so we can do our best. He helped us when we were feeling sad or mad. He had fun with us! He will always be one of my favorite teachers."
Aysia G. " Mr. Cox, I remember how excited I was to enter your class. I heard a lot of great stories from your past students. I also remember how you made learning fun. Being in your class was one of the highlights of my elementary school years. 4th grade was such a long time ago but I am still able to remember the great experiences I had. Thank you for taking time to compliment me or give me knowledge for the future. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to learn from such a great teacher. You had an ample amount of knowledge in all subjects and will forever be one of Skinner's finest. I think I can speak for all of us that you have taught us a lot and we will cherish your time at Skinner. You're a golden apple, Mr. Cox! You have helped so many superstars at Skinner develop and build a future that is bright! Thank you so much for all you'e taught."
Eriel S. " Let's be honest what's not to love about you? You're one of those teachers who is just...well, awesome! I had the fortunate opportunity to experience your amazing teaching. I remember having you as a teacher and all the fun experiences and everything we did. Being a chief justice and being a part of some math challenges against the upper grades were just a couple of engaging opportunities you gave us. Everything was just so memorable and an experience I won't ever forget."
Katelyn M. "He allowed for us to become more independent, do some things our way, grow academically and discover things about ourselves. I can't thank Mr. Cox enough for all of the help he's given me in what I want to do with my future"
Jolie D. "You inspired many students, including me, in the years you've taught at Skinner. The knowledge you have given us will lead us all to a much brighter future. Even if Mr. Cox wasn't your teacher, you could know the joy he brought everyone around him"
Carter W. "The biggest thing was your personality, you don't always expect a teacher to have a great personality. But you went beyond those expectations. You were so nice and kind and you also cracked so many jokes. You gave everyone a chance to do their best in 4th grade. You let the students be independent and you will be remembered as one of the greatest teachers Skinner Wet has ever had"
Rutie Z. "As students, we were treated as equals not lesser, and that meant more responsibility, because our classroom was a group effort. A collage of nationalities and cultures that you embraced with a full heart. You instilled in us the idea of giving back as much as receiving. Mr. Cox, as you embrace retirement with open arms, as you have embraced every student to ever grace your classroom, I want you to know how many lives you have changed. You didn't just give your career, but your life, to education and the power of knowledge, and for that, you are the most remarkable teacher I have ever encountered in my 8 years at Skinner. Thank you for your gentleness, wisdom, and guidance"