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The past couple months of school were quite interesting. This has been one of my most challenging in my tenure. I loved every minute of it, but was quite emotionally drained by the end of the year. However, I guess they thought I was doing a pretty good job, as I received several accolades. Our leadership team at Kearney Junior High chose me as Teacher of the Year. This put me in the running for Kearney Teacher of the year, where I finished in the top 3. At the Northland Chamber of Commerce Excellence Education banquet I was recognized for my nomination. Lastly, I found out today that I have been voted into the top three for the “Best of the Northland” awards, specifically as an 8-12th grade teacher, which is put forth by the newspapers of four northland communities. I will find out in July how I fared. It is quite flattering. Every other award I have ever received was one I specifically worked for. These were all merely by products of doing my job.
As a schoolteacher, one of the biggest (and most necessary) perks is summer vacation. Mine is not one of leisure, but the work I do is not emotionally draining like it can be in the classroom. In the summertime I maintain my Grandpa’s farm. I have spent full days hand digging postholes and setting hedge posts, cutting brush, axe chopping a couple trees (didn’t feel like running back for the chainsaw), etc. My point in telling this is that last summer I was having trouble walking the fields spraying weeds due to a back injury. It is part of what let this stubborn fool to seek medical help. Now I am back to hard labor without issue.
My training is going pretty good as well. My deadlift is SLOWLY moving upwards. I am purposely progressing slowly by design. I have plenty left in the tank, but I am building slowly to make sure I have rock solid form and build up any lagging part to help keep my form when the weight actually gets heavy. My pressing, particularly strict overhead is getting back to where it was. I actually have my sites set on a couple contests this fall that I have been training for: The Old Time Strongman Championships and the World Cup. I look forward to competing again and I am confident that through smart training along with my HMB and PEAK ATP regiment that I will continue to get stronger and better conditioned.
- Eric Todd, Teacher/Strength Athlete
Keep the present faith in yourself young man. You're an inspiration to many. Say Hi to mom, dad, and the family for me.Posted By David Todd on 06/18/2016