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Mr. Corbett has given a lot to Norman North and has built a relationship with many students.

Mr. Corbett has given a lot to Norman North and has built a relationship with many students.

| Macie West

Mr. Corbett has given a lot to Norman North and has built a relationship with many students.

| Macie West

| Macie West

Mr. Corbett has given a lot to Norman North and has built a relationship with many students.

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On Tuesday. February 26th, we sat down to interview Oklahoma history teacher and tennis coach Mr. Phillip Corbett.

Q: How long did you live in New Zealand before moving to the United States?

Corbett: I lived in New Zealand for 25 years. I grew up on the beach, so I miss that a lot, along with the food there. New Zealand is fun, you always do outdoor stuff.

Q: Why did you move to America, and specifically Oklahoma?

Corbett: I saw too many American movies and loved the lifestyle in them. I just wanted to live that lifestyle myself.

Q: What is your favorite part of Oklahoma compared to New Zealand?

Corbett: I like that it doesn’t rain as much here. In New Zealand, it rains a lot and you have to take your shoes off when you go to people’s houses. It’s a really weird thing, but since it rains a lot in New Zealand, you have to take your shoes off everywhere you go.

Mr. Corbett's family portrait represented by Shrek characters.

Mr. Corbett’s family portrait represented by Shrek characters.

Q: Why did you decide to coach tennis and what has it been like?

Corbett: I wanted to be at the high school, and it’s the sport that I had the most experience in, because I didn’t grow up with football or anything like that.

Q: What made you decide to teach?

Corbett: My mother in law told me that since I goof around so much, I should become a teacher because the kids would like me. So, I got a degree and started teaching.

Q: How long have you been teaching and what is it like?

Corbett: I think this is my 10th or 11th year teaching. I really do like this age group. I was an elementary teacher for seven years. If you can believe that. Also, when I got over here [America], I really wanted to just do this age group. I really do like it.

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My name is Macie. Freshman at Norman North High School. Photographer and reporter for the Yearbook and Newspaper.

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