My name is Hyun Gil Kim and I am currently a sophomore studying business at the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.
I have been fortunate to meet Mr. Mostert in sixth grade and since then, he has been a person that I have relied and looked upon. He has been with me in my failures as well as my successes (whatever success might mean to you) and I will always feel indebted for his kindness.
Everyone that I know can only speak good things about him and he has been an inspirational leader for the SCCS community. In inexplicable ways, he would solve problems that when I think of them in hindsight, were extremely difficult to correct.
There are so many anecdotes that I could use to illustrate his superb problem solving skills. For instance, Mr. Mostert was appointed as the High School Principal at SCCS for his outstanding performance as the Dean of Students. At the time, our Varsity soccer team was struggling for four years straight, unable to win any trophies. That year, we lost all our pre-season games and first two official games.
Even with the time-constraint and responsibility as Principal, Mr. Mostert decided to take over the team. The team slowly started to cooperate and we won the National Championship (Friendship Games) two years in a row, and held undefeated seasons.
The curious thing is that no other variable was introduced in this scenario. Nothing had changed. All the variables were kept constant except for Mr. Mostert. We had the same players and the same amount of practice sessions. The change of momentum was all due to him.
This scenario shows how he applies his emotional intelligence, to bring out the best of each person (soccer player in this case). Many of us would give our all because his commitment to his students/players was exceptional. We were excited to work our hardest because he was a great motivator and inspirational leader. His teachings on teamwork, responsibility, and respect still resonate with me until this day. He has, in one-way or another, influenced many of us at SCCS. For some of us, it was in the soccer field. For others, it was in the classrooms. I took his lessons to heart and applied it in multiple aspects of my life, including personal situations as well.
In conclusion, Mr. Mostert has been a tremendous impact on my life and I believe that without his unconditional support, I would not have excelled at SCCS. He has helped me look at the bigger picture and be a well-rounded person: a person who accepts challenges and strives for excellence, a person who will put the group before himself, a person who will not deviate from the ethical path to get to his goals. He instills these teachings in the best way to teach a kid something; by leading by example.
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