Lufkin native Billy Duncan is known as Coach Duncan in the hallways at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal School. For seven years, Coach Duncan has been teaching students that exercise can be fun at SCES.
“When students enter my classroom, they can expect to learn about being healthy, working together, but most of all to have a good time while becoming physically fit,” he said.
Coach Duncan initially started teaching gymnastics as a teenager which gave him a jumpstart in for his career as a physical education teacher. Keep reading to learn more about Coach Duncan and what his favorite thing about being a teacher is.
SCES: Tell us about yourself. Coach Duncan: I am a lifelong resident of Lufkin, where I graduated from Lufkin High School in 1988. I have been a PE Coach for 13 years, with seven of those years at St. Cyprian's. As a teenager, I began working with children coaching gymnastics, and I still teach gymnastics to this day. I have been married to my wife, Angela for 29 years. We have two grown sons, Brennan and Barrett.
SCES: Why did you become a teacher? Coach Duncan: I don't think that I decided to become a teacher, teaching just found me. As a teen, I taught gymnastics. When my oldest son, Brennan was recovering from a bone marrow transplant as a toddler, I was asked to come help out with PE at a local school. Likewise, I was blessed that St. Cyprian's found me to help with their physical education program. I have always loved working with children, even at a young age. Teaching is my calling.
SCES: What is your favorite lesson to teach? Coach Duncan: I love teaching all things physical education. I enjoy archery, as I get to see the student's skill level and confidence grow throughout the year. I also love teaching games that promote teamwork, such as basketball and soccer.
SCES: Why did you choose to work at St. Cyprian's? Coach Duncan: I was blessed to have St. Cyprian's choose me. Not only do I love my subject area and the students, but I am blessed to work with a great group of Christian educators and leaders who share my desire to impact the lives of children. I love that at St. Cyprian's Chapel is a weekly part of our instruction.
SCES: What can students expect when they enter your classroom? Coach Duncan: When students enter my classroom, they can expect to learn about being healthy, working together, but most of all to have a good time while becoming physically fit. Exercise can be fun!
SCES: What is the best thing about being a teacher? Coach Duncan: The best thing about being a teacher is the impact you can make on a child. Having been in the education business in one form, or another for most of my life, I now have the chance to teach children and grandchildren of former students. No greater reward is there than to know that you have created a positive impact in the life of a child.