The Teacher/Administrator Feature for this issue is on Rey Guevara a long-time teacher, coach and counselor in School District #6. Rey began his 24-year career in School District 6 at Crater High School in 1979 as the Career Counselor and coached football and wrestling coach. He continued in those roles at Crater until 1989 when he became the Counselor at Scenic Junior High/Middle School and where he continued to coach football and wrestling. Rey retired in 2002.
Rey tells us that he had many wonderful experiences throughout the years, but two were special ones. “First, winning the first ever Oregon State Wrestling Championship in 1993 for Crater, made me proud to be a Comet. It was a big event for our District and for the Wrestling program. Second, in 1995 I was selected to be a presenter at the National Middle School Conference in New Orleans, highlighting Scenic Middle School. It was a very proud moment.”
Rey states, “My Comet years were wonderful and left me with fond memories that I will never forget.” “My Scenic years also were extremely rewarding, and the faculty was fantastic to work with. That faculty was committed to achieving an excellent educational environment for students. Some, but not all, of the educators who inspired me throughout the years were: Harvey Tonn, Larry Ryerson, Jay McRoberts, Dan Speasl, Candy Manary and Greg Haga. It was a pleasure to work with outstanding colleagues in a positive professional setting,”
In his retirement Rey volunteers for many valley organizations. For example, he enjoys volunteering at the Medford Library where he tells us “I see many former School District 6 students and teachers”. He also volunteers for the Medford Food Project, helping stock the county’s food banks and, as a Master Gardner he works at Master Gardener Clinics and at the Medford Growers Market.
Rey and his wife, Anne, have three grown children. Son, Greg, is a middle school Principal, daughter, Angela, is a flight attendant for Mesa Airlines and the youngest daughter, Molly, is a high school teacher. They are blessed with two wonderful grandchildren. All live in Colorado, where Rey and Anne visit often. In addition, Rey and Anne have had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the United States and the world.
Rey will be remembered by students and faculty as a person with a great sense of humor. In addition, he was highly respect by his peers, students, and the athletes he worked with.
We applaud Rey as another in a long line of outstanding retired educators from School District #6 who have made a difference in countless young people’s lives.