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Thursday, 02 May 2019 17:22

From Auto Body Tech to Teacher & Back Again: The Felix Cano Story

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Geronimo Medrano (left) won the SkillUSA National Championships in 2000 under the tutelage of Felix Cano. Geronimo Medrano (left) won the SkillUSA National Championships in 2000 under the tutelage of Felix Cano.

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“I finished third in the district my sophomore year and got all the way to the state level my senior year. I was the first person from my school to make it that far, but I finished second with the silver medal and only first place got to go to nationals.”

 

The SkillsUSA Nationals are like the Super Bowl of high school collision repair, so Cano was focused on making it there and was obviously disappointed when he fell short.

 

“I wanted to make my teacher happy and proud, and I never forgot that feeling. When I took the teaching job years later, I told myself that I would do everything I could to get Mr. Williams that gold medal,” he said.

 

One day, the phone rang and he received some life-changing news.

 

"I wanted to teach the same way my father did, so I decided to take the job. But, I needed a teaching credential, so I spent the next six years at Texas A&M while I was teaching. Since I had 15 years of industry experience, I got grandfathered in and was able to teach while I was studying for the credential," he said.

 

Cano loved his new job as a teacher and embraced every aspect of the position.

 

"Going back to teach at my high school was like a gift from God," he said. "I began enjoying it so much that I quit my job at the shop and went full-time. I loved doing it, and returning to my alma mater made it even more special. I thought, ‘I can do this---I was born to teach!’"

 

When Cano taught his first class of 32 students, his enthusiasm created a problem for himself.

 

“I saw all these eyeballs on me, and I realized I had to talk for 40 minutes,” he said. “But I rushed through my presentation and thought, ‘I need to slow down.’ So I started with the basics and went from there."


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