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LRHS reading and law studies teacher Tony Cummins (l) helps sophomore Emma Bramley.

“Mustangs Ahead” is asking teachers “Why do you teach?” This segment by Paige Venuto is about LRHS law studies and reading teacher Tony Cummins.

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- I have always wanted to be a teacher. Some of the people who influenced my life the most were teachers and getting an opportunity to possibly do the same was always in my mind. Teaching was my third profession but the one that I love the very most. I guess it took me some years to get the confidence that I needed to take on the task.  Young adults are our future and being involved with that is too hard to pass up!

Before teaching I spent about eleven years as a capital homicide investigator with the Public Defender’s office for the 12th circuit. I saw many young people waste their lives while I was there and being honest, it had an impact on my desire to become a teacher.

I am pretty sure that this is my 14th years teaching. Time flies when you are having fun! I am certified to teach all social sciences, English, ESOL, ESE, reading, middle school math. Law and Reading are my favorite subjects to teach.

I can’t begin to tell you all the good parts about my job! I realize that we are in a strange political/economic climate right now, but I can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t want my job. “A person who loves what they do never works a day in their life” (A quote credited to the ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius).

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