Position: High School Band Director
School District: Sulphur Springs Independent School DIstrict
School: Sulphur Springs High School

How has this person changed your life?:
Growing up in Sulphur Springs, Texas, you make a decision right before middle school about what you want your art elective to be; art, choir, or band. I chose band. I learned to play the french horn in sixth grade. There was something about it that I just feel in love with. In our high school we do drum core style marching band. I was so excited at the end of my 8th grade year to be a part of the Sulphur Springs Proud Blue Marching Band. Our band director was Mr. Charles McCauley. I wish I would of known that first day at Fish Camp just how much of an impact that man would make on my life; not just as a teacher, but as a mentor and a friend. Mr. McCauley was not only an amazing band director, but his love for music shined through him in a way I had never seen before. You could always tell that he truly enjoyed what he did everyday. He taught us about more than just music, he taught us morals and how to deal with life. It did not take long for him to become my favorite teacher.
“FEETDIPP” was our band's motto; Fun, Excellence, Excitement, Togetherness, Discipline, Integrity, Pride, and Potential. We lived those words everyday and I still do. Mr. McCauley gave me the opportunity to do something that I loved and truly took pride in. There is no feeling in the world like being in marching band. I have taught my two children to have a love of music. I don't live in Sulphur Springs anymore, and so my children will not ever have Mr. McCauley as a teacher if they choose to go the route of music. I do hope though that, if they go down that road, they have a teacher with as much passion and love for the subject as Charles McCauley. It's hard to find a teacher that still teaches because they love it, not for just a paycheck. It's not just a job for him. He does it for the love of music. Thank you Mr. McCauley. You were by far my favorite teacher.