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people discussed him behind his back. He told her, “Bonnie, you have to understand that they were not talking about your husband, they were talking about their coach; and there will always be those who will criticize and think they can do it better. That’s what they do. If you can’t handle that, you might need to sit on the other side.” Teal said she started sitting on the other side after that. Another piece of advice he holds dear: Philippians 4:8. The NKJV verse reads, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things.” Teal said he read the passage at every graduation ceremony, but he believes it is good advice for all ages. He said he also read it to the former students who gathered to honor him at West Highland. “I guarantee that verse means more to them now that they have lived life than it did when I read it at on graduation day,” said Teal. When asked how he would like for people to remember him, he said, “Like David, I would like to be remembered as a man after God’s own heart. ... I am trying to get there.” Some would say he already has. “I have loved every job I have ever had. When I sacked groceries as a college student, I really enjoyed that. I have had a blessed life.” Shannon Benton was one of Joe Teal’s students at the Kate Duncan Smith DAR School. April 2020 | Faith & Family 37