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11/17/2012 1:01:00 PM
Letter: David Gray continues to be shining star at Mingus Union


My daughter is a junior at Mingus Union High School and I wanted to write this letter of appreciation for one of their teachers that has impacted so many lives.

We received a call on Friday (11/9/12) from David Gray (one of her teachers at MUHS) about our daughter Justine. When we heard the message, we were both very pleasantly surprised that we were getting a message telling us what a great job Justine had done in class while they were studying the Emancipation Proclamation. He explained that she was really into the class, participated greatly and had some great questions and feedback. I just wanted to email and say how absolutely AWESOME it was to get a call of this nature.

This in and of itself would be nice but what I find remarkable is that David Gray has been this kind of teacher for so long and should be commended. He was my History teacher in High School and it should be noted that I had no interest in history prior to high school.

Mr. Gray was one of my favorite teachers in high school and made me become completely fascinated with history in a way that I had never been before. I specifically remember the unit that we did on Vietnam, as he had at least one Veteran and maybe more, come in and tell us their experiences during Vietnam and the effects that it had on their life since then. I still love reading about history and watching shows on US History and believe that Mr. Gray was the starting point of this love of mine!

My brother (Tristan Heisley), also had Mr. Gray for History in high school and gained an intense love of history. He became a History Teacher himself at Williams High School and would tell you himself that Mr. Gray was a big inspiration in choosing that profession. He is now the Principal of Williams High School.

So when Justine came home early this year and told me that Mr. Gray was one of her absolute favorite teachers that she had ever had and she loved his class, it didn’t really surprise me but it did make me pause and think about all of the kids that he has passed this love of history on to.

I just wanted to write and say how highly we think of him and make sure that MUHS was aware of the phenomenal job that he is still doing in inspiring students to have a lifetime love of the history that they came from.

Thank you Mr. Gray for continuing to teach kids with the same enthusiasm that you had when you began teaching. You are appreciated more than you will probably ever know.

The Taylors & The Heisleys


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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013
Article comment by: D. Tevis Noelting

David Gray has indeed positively impacted many lives. He was my favorite teacher both for German (75-77) and the WWII history I learned, I still remember (a good thing since I work in Germany presently).

We don't often get a chance to say thanks, but this article reminds me to say, "Thanks "Mr. Gray', your teaching and mentorship were invaluable!"

Posted: Sunday, November 18, 2012
Article comment by: Second this comment

I also know Mr. Gray and he is every bit what the letter writer states.

We are lucky to him and the many other fine and dedicated teachers at MUHS.

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