EDITOR’S NOTE: This story and photo originally ran in the Cardinal Chronicle, a monthly newsletter published by students at Corona High School. They have been minimally edited for style issues.
CORONA – The longest tenured teacher at Corona Public Schools is Ronnie Dunsworth. He has been teaching history, driver’s education and physical education at Corona Schools for 23 years and has been teaching for 26 years.
He began teaching at Royce City, Texas, 30 miles east of Dallas. The students, teaching staff and administrators appreciate Mr. Dunsworth’s dry sense of humor.
He graduated from Texico High School in 1984 and West Texas State University (now West Texas A&M) in Canyon, Texas in 1991, planning to follow in his mother’s footsteps of teaching. Mr. Dunsworth grew up in Texico, N.M., participating in football, basketball, track, FFA, 4-H, band and summer league baseball. His graduating class from Texico was 28 students.
In 23 years of teaching, Mr. Dunsworth says his favorite part about teaching is watching the students mature throughout their school career. He also enjoys having high schoolers in the morning and elementary students for physical education in the afternoon. He enjoys seeing their happy faces when he shows up to the elementary classrooms to get them for P.E.
Mr. Dunsworth says the best part about Corona Schools is being involved with great administrators and the wonderful teaching staff. His least favorite part about teaching is the stopping and starting each year because the kids develop a good rhythm, then are interrupted by the summer break.
When Mr. Dunsworth isn’t at school, his favorites past-times are attending and watching sporting events. He also likes hiking and keeping his yard mowed in the summer and fall. His favorite foods are barbeque and Mexican foods. When he was in college, he and his friends would drive to Amarillo to eat at the best barbeque restaurants in Texas.
Mr. Dunsworth’s favorite television shows are The Middle, Survivor and The Big Bang Theory, or anything that is a sitcom or comedy.
Mr. Dunsworth’s advice to the students is “to enjoy every minute of high school, especially sports, because in real life it gets very difficult and time moves so fast as an adult.”