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Let Mr. Fish teach at Easley High School

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The students of Easley High School have been greatly impacted by Mr. Fish's leaving. He teaches AP Literature and the students in this class will struggle to prepare for the AP Exam without him. Not only his AP Literature students are suffering, but also his yearbook classes. With Mr. Fish gone there is no way to finish the yearbook without great cost penalties.This will greatly affect the yearbook staff since it is a self-sustaining organization. On top of those four classes, he also teaches English 3 Honors classes that are the basis for literature analysis that without him, will miss fundamentals of literature interpretation. Mr. Fish was not only a teacher to his students, but also a mentor. He has positively influenced every student he has come across in the past 16 years of teaching at Easley High School. The students need Mr. Fish to come back and teach, without him many classes and organizations will fail.

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February 29
As a Young Life leader that volunteered at Easley High School for three years I had one goal; to love on high schoolers. I entered their world through going to lunches twice a week and going to sporting events every chance I got. I experienced teachers and administration who didn't understand why myself and my team (roughly 11 other Clemson students) roamed the halls of the school on any given weekday. They didn't take the time to say hello, to get to know us or our purpose...they didn't encourage us or support us. However, every time I encountered Mr. Fish he was so quick to extend kindness, acknowledgement, support, and encouragement. This was only through minute, sometimes even a couple seconds, encounters and I so easily got a clear picture of the character of Mr. Fish. I can only imagine the immense impact he had on the students he got to teach daily. Mr. Fish was more than a teacher to these students. High school is hard, so hard...Mr. Fish spoke life and purpose into these students. He had a gift to love students in the exact way they needed to be loved and he had the rare ability to make those he encountered, whether a minute or a semester, feel important. I saw students excited about learning and talking about his class in lunches. I saw students be robed by Mr. Fish, a man they considered a life mentor. I saw students light up because of his class and his impact. My heart absolutely aches to think of how dim the halls of EHS will be without the light of Mr. Fish and the light he sparked in the ones lucky enough to call him a teacher and a friend.
February 28
I was in of Mr. Fish's original English 3 classes in 2000. Mr. Fish provided me many tools not only for education, but also for living life and having a passion for everything you do. To remove him as an educator would be a disservice to current EHS students and also the Easley community, as he is an educator who truly cares and brings his passion for education to his students every day.
February 28
I attended EHS from '98-'02. I wasn't a student of Mr. Fish, but his reputation as an educator was renowned in that school. For a teacher that cared so much about broadening his student's minds and lives to lose his career over something this trivial is appalling. A great disservice towards a man who gave so much to so many.
February 28
As an Easley alum, former student assistant for Mr. Fish, an English Lit. and Master of Teaching graduate of the University of South Carolina, and a writer, I am staunchly against the type of censorship that Easley High School administration has practiced by firing Greg Fish. One of the most important things you can learn in English class is that poetry and literature are meant to evoke emotion and engage critical thinking. Just because one doesn't agree with the words an author or poet chooses, it isn't sufficient grounds to fire an educator who is trying to teach his students the meaning behind the text. Easley High School should reinstate Mr. Fish or lose him to a school that will appreciate his talent for connecting students with literature.
February 28
I only met Mr. Fish one time and I greatly appreciated the compassion he showed towards my son as well as my family! He made sure that not only did I receive a yearbook after my son christopher Johnson passed away,but also had made sure a beautiful memorial page was placed in that year book to honor him. I also appreciated that he took the time to speak to my daughter and give her encouragement through a very difficult time!
February 28
I have never had the pleasure of meeting Fish. All that I know is that my son, only speaks about one teacher at Easley High School. If my son shares the deeper lessons that he has learned or the challenges to his perspective from any given day, it is from Fish. If he receives any emotional or academic support or encouragement, it is from Fish...no other teacher has ever been mentioned. I know there are other good teachers and staff at the school, but it takes a special person to become such an influence on so many hearts and minds -- in your honor Fish, I stand on my desk and say, "O Captain, my Captain."
February 28
I didn't have him. I am a substitute teacher and often work in high schools. If that word is what got him fired, then they should walk down the halls of any high school and listen. They use it like any other verb or adjective.
February 28
Mr. Fish was one of the very few teachers that impacted me as a student 11 years ago that I actually still remember today. He was the first teacher to open my mind and introduce me to American Literature. He helped his students not only engage but LOVE learning and reading! It is to his credit that I'm a college graduate and an ICU Nurse today. This man was incredible and I hope he will continue to move on and do amazing things whether that be at Easley High or another school. Mr. Fish, I'm sitting here looking at 390 supporters. That is a true testament to your amazing gift as a teacher! -Elizabeth Wright Class of 2005
February 27
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February 27
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  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Mar 14, 2016
    Mar 14, 2016
    As a teacher I have never seen such an outpouring of respect and love for an educator. Such eloquent and moving testimonies on Mr. Fish's behalf means he was doing more than just his job , he was educating, caring and supporting our children in the hard work of growing up. Reinstate Mr. Fish.
  • Harris
    Harris United States, Simpsonville
    Mar 07, 2016
    Mar 07, 2016
    If only it were this isolated incident...
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Mar 07, 2016
    Mar 07, 2016
    I agree with rehiring or reinstate Mr. Fish. This teacher was treated unfairly.
  • Emily Thorne
    Emily Thorne United States, Piedmont
    Mar 06, 2016
    Mar 06, 2016
    #fightforfish
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