– Hi, I’m Mister Belou, Coach Belou. – My name is Misses Hall. – My name is Mister Smith. (speaking Spanish) – My name is Miss Kooy. – You’d never turn it off. We become a family, and they are my kids. – I’ve been called a lot of things from the mouths of 10,
and 11, and 12 year olds. (laughing) – I also tell them sometimes you’re in school longer than
you’re actually at home. – Mm-hm.
– Yeah. – And I tell them the same thing. I spend more time with you than I spend with my own family. – When I get into this
space where it’s like they’re my kids, and then
if they make a mistake, which they will do, I get doubtful, like am I making a difference? – You have those times
when you kinda wonder why am I exerting all this
energy and this effort, and I did get that doubt sometimes. – I don’t know any teacher in
my life that made a difference in which I go, that was a great lesson. I think about the ones that made a difference to me as a person. And so when they mess up, the perfectionist in me
takes it very personal. (dramatic music) – [Cameraman] Okay, give me one second. – All right. (upbeat guitar music) – What? (giggling) Are you kidding me? (upbeat dramatic music) (laughs) – Oh snap, A to the J. – [All Three] Dear Miss Kooy. – I came into fifth grade as a shy girl who especially struggled with
talking in front of people. – You took an interest in the things that were important to
me, always asked about my family, and showed an
interest in my love for baseball. – Because of your teaching,
you have inspired me to do whatever my passion
is when I grow up. – Winning at all costs,
that’s every coaches motto. What made you more unique was that you didn’t care about the wins. You wanted us to be better
individuals day by day. – I remember when ever I
got stuck in a problem, and I thought I just couldn’t do it, you said it’s not that I couldn’t do it, I just couldn’t do it yet. (laughs) – Thank you for making
the past year great, and I can’t wait to spend the
next eight months with you. (upbeat dramatic music) (sighs) (giggles) (upbeat dramatic music) – Thanks for being the man
and for being a great teacher. You’re boy, A to the J. – A to the J. – Thank you for making me a better person, and thank you for never giving up on me, and helping me become the man I am today. Love Daniel. (sighs) (upbeat dramatic music) – [Student] Hey, coach. – [Student] What’s up, coach?
– [Students] Coach. – We appreciate your dedication and effort you put towards us. We thank you for not just making us better basketball players, but better men. This is for you. – Thanks, coach.
– Thank you, coach. – Thanks coach. (laughs) – Oh my gosh, man. – It’s good to see you. Congratulations.
– Oh. – I’m so proud of you,
I’m so proud of you. – Proud of me on three. One two three. – [All] Proud of me. – There you go. (upbeat dramatic music)