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Teacher of the Semester, Maj. Larry McClarey

Background: Major Lawrence McClarey was born in St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada and raised in Paris, Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois on an Army ROTC scholarship. McClarey served for 12 years on active duty with the US Army as an Armor/Cavalry officer. He has been teaching for the last 24 years in both public and private schools. After arriving at MMA more than 18 years ago, McClarey has served as an Economics/Government instructor and as the Social Studies Department Chair. In addition to teaching, he has coached track, cross-country, wrestling, and strength and conditioning. In his free time, McClarey enjoys reading, lifting weights, and spending time with his family. He and his wife, Joanna, live in Mexico and have one son, Patrick.
 
How long have you taught at MMA?
 
This will be my nineteenth year at MMA.
 
How would you describe the MMA corps of cadets?
 
A diverse group of students with unlimited potential. I most appreciate the cultural and economic diversity of the cadets. This school is truly a "melting pot".
 
What's something most people don't know about you?
 
I was not a good student in high school. That changed when I went to college. In order to pay for college, I had to earn a three year Army ROTC scholarship. That changed my outlook on studying.
 
Who had the most influence on you growing up?
 
My brother, Don, had the greatest influence on me. He encouraged me to read as much as possible.
 
What are you reading right now?
 
The Last Lion by William Manchester
 
What's your favorite place you've visited?
 
Garmisch, Germany
 
And a dream trip you'd like to take someday?
 
I want to tour China.
 
Favorite quote?
 
“Continuous effort—not strength or intelligence—is the key to unlocking our potential.”
— Winston Churchill
 
What do you hope every MMA student learns during their time here?
 
To become a person of courage and to never ever quit.