A Familiar Edwardsville Face

Mr. Cory taught and coached in District 7 before coming to Liberty.


Teddy Rayman interviewed Mr. Cory in July.

Q: Where did you grow up?
A: I grew up in Wood River, so about 10 minutes from here.

Q: Why did you choose to work at Liberty?
A: Well, I was a teacher at Edwardsville for about 5 years. I was a math teacher at the high school, and I coached in the district. I coached football at the high school, and I coached track at Lincoln. The opportunity to come back to Edwardsville and be anywhere in the district was exciting. Liberty’s a great school and a great building. Dr. Duncan is a great principal to work for, so it was a really great opportunity for me.

Q: What are you looking forward to this year?
A: Hopefully getting to see the students in person and having somewhat of a normal school year. The end of last year was unfortunate for everyone. I really don’t want to start the year off the same way. I am excited to get kids back in the building, and meet everyone, and see some faces. Get things back to normal.

Q: The school theme is “Whatever It Takes.” What does that mean to you?
A: I think that that means teachers, staff, administration, everybody doing whatever is possible to make sure students have the best learning experience possible. There are going to be a lot of hurdles that we have to overcome this year. I think you know “whatever it takes” is a good motto to have to try to find new, exciting, outside the box to make school fun and interesting. At the same time providing the same type of education Edwardsville always has.

Lightning round

  • Favorite food: Chinese food
  • Pet: A big dog named Colt
  • Last show you binge-watched: “Homeland”
  • Favorite sports team: St. Louis Cardinals