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Paul Blair “experiments” with teaching 8th grade science

TUTORING STUDENTS. Paul Blair is at school early to work with students from across Sevier
Middle's grade levels. In addition to teaching science, Blair is also Sevier's morning tutor.

Harrison Barnes

TUTORING STUDENTS. Paul Blair is at school early to work with students from across Sevier Middle's grade levels. In addition to teaching science, Blair is also Sevier's morning tutor.

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Paul Blair is a new 8th grade science teacher at John Sevier Middle School this year. He is married to a pharmacist, has one son, and is 43 years-old.

When Blair was growing up, he lived in a town in northern California called Atascadero. After that, he moved to San Francisco. More recently, he moved to the Tri-Cities.

“I love living here in the Tri-Cities,” Blair said. “I actually live in Church Hill.”

When Blair was in middle school, it was actually called “Junior High School”. During that time, he was very active in his school.

“I was in the band and played Baseball, Football, and Basketball,” he said.

Blair received his undergraduate degree from California State University, Stanislaus. After he moved to the Tri-Cities, he earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Milligan College.

“Before coming to Sevier, I taught AP English and Chemistry at Volunteer High School,” Blair said.

Blair believes there are many qualities a good teacher should possess.

“A sense of humor is important,” Blair said. “Life is filled with humorous occurrences. If a teacher cannot laugh, then the teacher is not educating students in life.”

According to Blair, there is a big issue that is affecting students today.

“Fitting in is the biggest problem today,” he said. “In my day, it was just about clothes and cars. Now, it is cell phones, and followers, and peer pressure to look good in selfies, and dealing with cyber-bullying. The pressures on students are far more immense than what it was in my day.”

Blair loves everything about his job as a teacher.

“The worst days as a teacher are better than the best days at other jobs,” he said.

His favorite education-related memory is actually his own high school graduation.

“I went to a historic high school, so the ceremony was very structured,” he said. “It was an honor to walk out the front doors and down the steps as a graduate of Los Gatos High School.”

His least favorite memory is when his bicycle was stolen from school, and he had to walk home and tell his parents.

“Remember, we had no cell phones back then,” he said.

So far, the students of Sevier Middle have made a positive impression on Blair.

“I love the students at Sevier,” he said. “I love the diversity of ethnicity as well as thought. That is what school should be. It should be a place where all walks of life come together to learn and share.”

He has enjoyed his time at Sevier so far.

“I admire the commitment to excellence that is expected at this school,” he said. “If we did not have that commitment, we would never achieve it in the classroom, on the athletic fields, or anywhere else.”

As a teacher, he wants to imbue his students with life skills. He also has some advice for students.

“Just learn,” Blair said. “Ask questions. Be curious. Try to figure stuff out. Do not just wait for the answer to be given to you.”

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