Mr. Hocker was the fifth-grade teacher everybody wanted. He was the coolest man to walk the planet. He was excited to be there each day and made us excited, too.
I am currently 4 feet 10 inches tall, so I am, and always have been, really short. We got new desks that year in his class. I recall my feet dangling and feeling totally engulf by this desk. He took me around the whole school searching for a desk to fit me personally. We found it on the kindergarten hallway. It was old and wooden, but it was just for me.