by NISA SYED
The common notion is that relationships are built by communication. Socializing is a fundamental part for the majority, without a doubt. Making conversation with our teachers is easier for some, difficult for others. Situations vary between teachers and students; it can be easier to have “real talk” with a teacher when a motive is clear.
As I took a trip to room 307 and 311, my motive: the search for unique desks (yes, desks) here at Cerritos High School. I asked around, and I came to a consensus: Mrs. Harding (room 307) and Mr. Stecher (room 311), both a part of the history department, have unique desks. With one eye open, I e-mailed Ms. Harding and Mr. Stecher to schedule an interview.
Ms. Harding, a tall blond with a bright smile, didn’t have much to say about her desk; but then again, some things need no words. Her walls are lined with letters and drawings from her students, postcards from her travels, Raiders banners, an Angels poster, pictures of Elvis Presley and Eminem, and–to my delight–a barbie doll that was gifted to her after she graduated college.
From her postcards on her wall, students can see she’s traveled to Massachusetts, New York, Arizona, Oregon, Florida, Colorado, and many other states. Is this an invitation for a favorite travel story?
Truthfully, I was expecting a brief conversation, but Mr. Stecher had a lot to say about… everything.
“Are you an Angels fan?” I asked, scanning the Angel posters and bobbleheads aligned on his desk.
“Die-hard Angels fan,“ he said.
A die-hard angels fan since the age of four, in fact. Not to mention, he goes to watch the Angels play every home game ,or “homestand,” in baseball talk. Stecher was a student at Cerritos High School and walked the halls along with Mrs. Marcroft and the Watanabes. He played varsity baseball and a few years later came back to teach and coach baseball. He’s temporarily put aside his these passions to take care of his daughters, Abigail and Morgan.
“They are my everything,” he said, while I took a look at their pictures.
Without a doubt, Mr. Stecher loves his daughters. In fact, the last time I visited, he was planning to take his daughter to a Green Day concert at the Rose Bowl.
His taste for music goes back to the stretched all the way back to bands of the 1960s, with the Beatles at the forefront. He has a poster of the Abbey Road album, hence his daughter’s name, Abigail.
Fashion, social media, and television shows connect people. A desk also has that ability. The idea might seem silly, but I learned more about Mr. Stecher and Ms. Harding in one day than I’ve learned about some teachers in a year. By natural instinct we disregard objects and people, but they serve to benefit us.
A desk can take you a long way.