Without pomp and circumstance, Raul Galindo, Concepts in Engineering and Technology teacher, packed up his things at the end of the semester and retired from teaching.
Galindo taught for 39 years; 27 of those years at Lee. He was the first soccer coach at Lee and he taught shop.
“I want to thank North East for a great job,” Galindo said. I enjoyed the association with kids every day. I have a lot of friends who are colleages and I’m going to miss the students and my staff people.”
“I love my time as a teacher; you gotta love it and I do,” he added.
Galindo plans to build a workshop and continue making signs and crafts. He hopes to travel to Italy and to Gettysburg.
“I want to see the civil war sites and the space shuttle before they shut the program down and I want to lose weight,” he said.
According to his teacherweb site:
Mr. Raul Galindo has been a teacher in North East ISD since 1972. He orginally student-taught at Garner Middle School, than was hired as the new Industrial Arts Shop teacher at Will Jackson Middle School. Mr. Galindo taught I.A. Shop and sponsored the Jackson Photography Club. At one point, Mr.G had 90 students in his club! Mr. Galindo played soccer during the early years of San Antonio club soccer. He continued to play and coach during his time at Jackson MS. He would sometimes play soccer at lunch with kids who had never tried the game. Some games included as much as 20 vs 20 kids! Mr. G started the first club soccer league for North East and for North Side areas. He also started the first girls club soccer league for NE and NS. In the early seventies, Mr. Galindo coached 5 teams at once! Coach Galindo has won the club state championship in Under 12 Boys, Under 19 Girls, and Under 8 Girls. Coach G is also an Amateur League State Champion.
Mr. Galindo taught students how to work with their hands. As a shop teacher, Galindo taught kids to use their skills for success in the work world. Mr. G stayed many times after school for student work on projects. Kids were given many opportunities to succeed in working skills. In 1982, Texas UIL voted soccer into its list of sports. Mr. G was offered the high school soccer head coach job at Lee and was happy to take it. He had to go after school to coach at Lee (there were no athletic hours or a campus soccer field until later). In 1984, Mr. G came to Lee!