What would you do for love? Teacher’s best love stories


Photo courtesy of Barry Morrato

Avery Ferrier

Valentine’s Day has fast approached and love is indeed on the brain. I’ve bravely delved into the past love lives of Wilson teachers and collected a few memorable stories. Will your Valentine’s Day plans outdo these ancient anecdotes? 

You might have thought that history teacher Aaron Besser told you all the important dates you need to know, but I’ll share one of the dates you never thought you’d hear. Traveling back a few years, imagine a teenage Besser, nervous and excited, entering the movie theater with a special someone. The two decided on “The Lion King,” which had just been released in theaters in 3D. Instead of an anticipated romantic environment, they entered to find the theater full of kids, running and playing around, while moms worked on their laptops in hopes of getting something productive done. Taking the high road, they decided to make the best of the situation and be just as distracting and un-movie-theater-like everyone around them, by singing along with the songs in the movie as loud as they could. “You could say it was a group effort to make the atmosphere as ridiculous as possible,” Besser said. 

Science teacher Barry Morrato may know just what chemicals to mix to create an explosion, but does he have that same chemistry with the ladies? Morrato, to the surprise of many, always struggled with chemistry in high school. Still, he wanted to become a chemical engineer, and so on his first day in his college class, he had one goal: “Sit next to someone smart.” As he gazed around the classroom, he spotted his future seat, next to a “cute young woman who looked smart,” Morrato said, “That was the day I met my wife.” As he is still happily with his wife to this day, he came to a very important conclusion: “All young men should link themselves up with and be close to powerful, beautiful, and smart women because beautiful and smart women will rule the world.” You can’t deny Morrato has every element of his favorite subject, chemistry, perfected. 

Love at the price of brain injury? A price Spanish teacher Javier Salas was willing to pay. A number of years ago, there was a girl living in front of Salas’s mother’s house. Her sister would always come and stay with her during the summer. “I think we liked each other,” Salas said, followed with the confirmation, “Yes we did.” Despite this, Salas never had the courage to ask her on a date. One day, he was roller skating and ended up in the hospital due to a concussion from a bad fall. To his surprise, his crush came into the room to see him. The concussion must have rattled his brain and somehow given him the courage to ask her on a date, to which she said yes. His mouth may speak the romance language Spanish, but his heart speaks the romance language love.

From public singing to chemistry help to concussions, our teachers have gone to many lengths for love. Looks like our teachers might just have this romance thing figured out. Seems like it may be more difficult to outdo your teachers in love than imagined. Do you accept the challenge?