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Howard: Youve got to bring the passion.
Gainesville High School teacher Rick Howard teaches his history class about the origins of World War II. - photo by Scott Rogers | The Times
Rick Howard | Gainesville High The coach-turned-teacher brings the educational hammer down on his students. And they are the receptive nails.He’s a passionate educator — with a hammer on his desk — who reaches his high school history classes.“Where (teaching) started off as a backup to coaching full time, now I consider myself a full-time teacher and a part-time coach,” Rick Howard said.He has worked as an Advanced Placement history teacher at Gainesville High since 2004 and has coached soccer for 21 years, finding ways to connect with his students.“One of the knocks on history is that it’s boring,” he said. “So you have to make it interesting.