Peyton McLaughlin – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – As the 2018 school year dwells down, retirement inches closer and closer for LRHS Advanced Placement (AP) psychology teacher Dave Frantz.
Frantz is one of the few remaining teachers from the original 1998 staff of LRHS, which means he has been teaching here for almost 20 years.
Prior to teaching at LRHS, Frantz started teaching at Sugg Middle School in 1982, King Middle School in 1983, Lincoln Middle School in 1988 and Southeast High School in 1994. Frantz was also the boys golf coach for Southeast from 1986 to 1998.
He said his favorite LRHS memories include, “The Boys Golf’s three state championships in 2011, 2012, and 2013. I celebrated by diving in the resort pool, having my head shaved, and getting a Gatorade bath! Another favorite memory was our first trip to the state championship in 2001; this was especially memorable as we were only three years old as a high school.
“I’m also very fond of all of my 13 years as an AP psychology teacher – so the yearly day of the AP exam is always a very memorable one!”
Frantz continued, “I have had the privilege of being the department chair in social studies for the past 18 years – and we have quite a few young, promising teachers in our department now. I hope I have encouraged them to find subjects that they are passionate about and instill that passion in their teaching with their students every day. Even though there are many bumps along the road, there is no greater calling than to be a teacher of our youth, and that is something to take pride in every day.”
After Frantz retires he plans to give golf lessons full-time as a golf professional, which he has been doing part-time for years.
He said that is wife Melissa and son Noah are very proud of all his accomplishments and pleased with his hard work over the years.
When asked about what he will miss over the years, Frantz said, “I have to say that hands-down, I will miss my dedicated AP students the most. I have been teaching full-time AP for over a decade now and have so many great memories in the classroom.”
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