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Charles Steward

Charles Steward

Arlington Independent School District

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Charles's work combines: Education, Sports, and Teaching / Mentoring

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Day In The Life


I teach young athletes the fundamentals of their athletic career path.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Lamar High School

  • Bachelor's Degree


    Midwestern State University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Coach:

Bachelor's Degree: Kinesiology

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Life & Career Milestones

I've taken a lot of twists and turns

  • 1.

    I wanted to go to college but didn't know if I would be able to since no one else in my family had gone.

  • 2.

    I graduated from high school with good grades and was accepted into Midwestern State University. My goal was to receive my degree, attend graduate school, and become a teacher and coach.

  • 3.

    While at Midwestern State, I participated in football, Olympic weightlifting, and became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the first intercollegiate fraternity for African-American students.

  • 4.

    During my senior year at Midwestern, I met my wife. We later found out we were having a baby together, which eventually forced us both to drop out of college in order to work full-time.

  • 5.

    During the year and a half that I was out of school, we suffered major financial hardships and near homelessness.

  • 6.

    I was able to re-enroll at Midwestern and finish my degree in December of 2006. My graduation day was one of the happiest days of my life, considering everything I'd gone through.

  • 7.

    Following my graduation, I sacrificed my dream of becoming a teacher and coach for nearly a decade so my wife could excel in her own career goals. The plan worked, as she is highly successful now.

  • 8.

    My wife and I were married in 2009, had another daughter in 2011, and I finally became a teacher and coach in 2015. This is the career I've always wanted, and I love coming to work every day!

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Myself:

    You're never going to make it.

  • How I responded:

    I overcame my own mental obstacles, kept working, and eventually thrived in life and my profession.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I had my first child while I was still in college, which resulted in me temporarily dropping out of college, major financial issues, depression, and anxiety. I tried my best to be a great father and worked hard to finish receiving my degree.