In 20 years teaching at Lone Grove High School, Chris Frederick always emphasized making an impact on his students.
At the All-School Art Show at the Goddard Center, Frederick had the chance to see the fruits of his hard work and dedication in the form of two former students.
The art show features collections of paintings, drawings, photography and sculptures from students of area schools, with this weekend showcasing area middle school and high school art work.
Frederick, the art teacher at Lone Grove High School, stood in the gallery filled with his students’ works, reflecting on his career as an art teacher.
“I am really, really fortunate because teaching for me is interacting with the students and becoming part of their life,” Frederick said.
What made the art show particularly special for Frederick was not only his own students work, but the adjacent galleries. Flanking the gallery where his students’ work resided were the artworks of Plainview High School and Springer High School.
The significance? The teachers for both of the adjacent galleries were former students of Frederick’s art class.
Dottie Parsons, Springer Public Schools art teacher, and Greg Dudley, Plainview High School art teacher, graduated from Lone Grove and had Frederick as their art teacher. Now, the two former art students have students of their own.
Parsons and Dudley said Frederick’s impact as a teacher affected their career paths.
“As you get older you look back at people and their positions and you think ‘my goodness he had incredible patience and dedication,’” Dudley said of his former teacher. “Seeing it from the other side of the desk is interesting.
“He still holds a high place in my eyes.”
Many artists use their art as an apparatus to reflect their own life into visual form. Parsons said she now sees reflections of her own life through her classroom.
“I reflect back being in his class quite often,” she said. “I see me in my students and ask how he would handle things.”
Frederick said one of the main reasons he became a teacher was so he could impact high school students and their lives. Frederick described his high school life as challenging and wanted the opportunity to steer students on a path of success.
“Our rooms are like workshops,” Frederick said. “We’re interacting with these students are we can really have a lot of conversations with them that are meaningful.”
Years after his journey as a teacher began, Frederick didn’t have to look far to see the ripples and echoes of his impact on his former, and current, students.
“I went into college thinking my art was a hobby,” Parsons said. “But then I was like ‘no it’s my life.’ He has definitely influenced me to be an art teacher.”
“Just the way he connected he had a good way of building rapport,” Dudley said. “He made you as a student made you feel like you were important.”
As the three teachers chatted and conversed about their past lives, surrounded by the imaginations, creations and visual interpretations of their students, Parsons recalled something Frederick wrote in her yearbook.
 “Everything you touch turns to gold,” Parsons remembered, saying of the entire paragraphs of texts Frederick wrote in her yearbook, those words have continued to resonate.
That influence, encouragement and care for creativity now lives through the lives of Frederick’s former students, who work as teachers, professional artists, graphic designers and other careers in the art industry.
Their lives are a part of a vision Frederick began painting 20 years ago, when he first stepped  foot into the classroom.