By Misty DUPLESSIS
For the past 37 years, teacher Jonathan Love has been one of Glendale Unified School District’s most valuable assets. An accomplished historian, his students also know him for his involvement with track and field, basketball and other sports.
In June 2012, staff and students bid farewell to the admired teacher as he prepared to embark on a new phase in his life that he rightfully earned: retirement.
After working at Daily High School for 10 years, Love transferred to Rosemont Middle School where he spent the remainder of his career as a teacher of world history, U.S. history and as a coach.
“The selling point to work at Rosemont is the staff. The kids are nice and so are the parents,” said Love, who could not get enough of the area and decided to move nearby recently.
Although Love is very knowledgeable about history, many students know and remember him as Coach Love because of all the years he spent as one of Rosemont’s top physical education teachers. Love not only provided his educational services during normal school hours, but also seemed to always find time to give back to the community. He was an active part of the track and field program, coached after school, taught tennis at Crescenta Valley High School and led Rosemont’s PE department as its department chair.
Over the years as an educator, Love gained the respect of students and fellow colleagues through his commitment, involvement and participation in extracurricular activities.
Office administrator Susan Stefun worked with Love at Rosemont and said he was a beloved teacher who was always steady, calm and kind.
“The kids really like him, so do the parents,” said Stefun, who is sad to see him leave.
Principal Cynthia Livingston remembered the first time she heard of Love 10 years ago when her son, Taylor, saw Coach Love’s name on his seventh grade class schedule. Taylor instantly knew that Love’s class would be one of his favorites because of his love of basketball. With a PE teacher named Coach Love, it could not get better than that.
As a parent, Livingston said she was blessed to have Love as her son’s teacher and as a principal, Livingston feels as fortunate to have him on the school’s team.
“Jon Love is one of the premier teachers I have ever worked with,” said Livingston. “He is calm and never gets frustrated with the students. He is legendary because of his goodness. He always puts kids first. We are so heartbroken that he has decided to leave.”
Love plans to continue to stay active during his retirement by playing more tennis and golf. He also looks forward to traveling east with his father in the fall to see relatives, something he was unable to do in previous years because school was in session.
Beyond those plans, Love has not made any definite decisions as to what the future holds for him. Who knows – maybe the next time you sign up for tennis lessons you will see Love as the instructor.