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David Means

Teacher at Christian County School System


Graduated in 1975

Explain your career path

Played football at SEMO , 1970-73 ! Played in the NFL for Buffalo Bills , retired from teaching from the Christian county school system! Also inducted into SEMO Hall of Fame . Wife Rebecca Pixley Means SEMO class of 1975 also retired from Christian county school system!

What was your major at Southeast and what led you to that?

BS in education!

Why did you choose to attend Southeast?

Football scholarship and a beautiful campus!

Who influenced you most during your time at Southeast?

Coach Tom Thrower, Coach Jim Lohr , Coach Ken Hargens , Coach Marvin Rosengarden !

Share your best college memory.

Winning the MIAA football conference my senior year!

What is the most important thing you learned while you were at Southeast?

Study hard it will payoff later in life !

Describe Southeast in three words.

Progressive beautiful campus

What is your greatest professional accomplishment?

Playing in the NFL !

How did your education at Southeast prepare you for what you are doing today?

Gave me great organization skills , which I apply to most any endeavors that come my way !

What advice would you give current students or recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in your professional field?

Try and be positive influence everyday on your students! I’ve had students come up years later and tell me that I was a big influence on them and I had no idea at the time !

What do you wish you had known before graduating and entering the "real world"?

Stay positive and work hard and it will payoff in the end !


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