Teacher believed in her

Graves High teacher inspired students

Reggie Spicer (second from right) was shy about her art and lacked confidence, but her Graves County High School art teacher, believed in her. “Jack Goodwin (far right) is an amazing man!,” she said at a GCHS art show last school year featuring her paintings, including the one displayed here, along with her husband, Dr. Donald Spicer, and Graves County Performing Arts Center manager Donna Gream. Reggie Spicer explained, “I had taken art classes since elementary school, I had been drawing all my life, and I pretended a lot as a child. The one thing I never had to pretend was my art, but no one ever saw that, no one except Jack Goodwin! When I went to Murray State after high school, it was embarrassing because I really wasn’t that good at art and there were people from Louisville who came from wonderful art programs, which is what he has created here. I am so proud of him! He saw something in me that others didn’t see. He gave me the first award I ever had, which was called the Art Award. That’s the only thing I’ve ever won and it’s still with me! It gave me a little confidence; I had no plans for college whatsoever, wasn’t even looking at schools. I was a country girl and he gave me a chance. I didn’t get all the way right then, but I ended up finding my way just because of him. When I had my first private show, he was kind enough to attend and that was the most special guest who showed up. I remember him telling me that I could do it. I just knew in the back of my mind that he always knew I could do it. He is amazing!” Goodwin will retire in mid-May. Some of his paintings will be on display and for sale in a silent auction throughout April at the Graves County Schools’ Performing Arts Center Gallery.
(Photo by Paul Schaumburg, Graves County Schools)

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