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Randy Longoria normally teaches P.E. for grades K-3 at Chase County Schools, along with Spanish classes. On Monday, he was substituting in a sixth grade P.E. class. (Johnson Publications photo)

New CCS teacher wears variety of hats

■ Editor’s note: This is one in a series of articles on new certificated staff at Chase County Schools.

    Randy Longoria has joined the Chase County Schools (CCS) staff this school year, filling several positions.
    Longoria teaches high school Spanish I and II and physical education (P.E.) for K-3.
    He is also assistant high school football coach and head coach for high school girls’ basketball.
    He shared a couple of views on his different roles at CCS.
    “I think it is important to learn a second language and be able to speak it well, not just understand it. Ideally, it usually takes three years of classes to accomplish that,” said Longoria.  
    He went on to say that physical education is important for students, and he begins that instruction at the youngest age level.
    “Kids need to be active and have fun,” he said.
    Longoria has been a classroom teacher for 26 years.
    He has 25 years as a head coach for high school girls’ basketball, 10 years as a high school football offensive coordinator, three years as an assistant high school track coach, seven years as a head middle school football coach and four years as a head middle school track coach.
    Longoria said he had several teachers while growing up who had a positive influence on his life and goals.
    “My teachers were important to me. By the time I was in middle school, I already knew I wanted to be a teacher and coach,” he said.

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