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Autistic teacher lives like a celebrity the day after Ronnie’s hug

The cellular phone didn’t cease ringing, the numbers on social networks jumped, and Professor Rafael San Vicente slept solely an hour of the day after a hug that can take time to neglect. It was a unusual day and he needed to cancel his courses to satisfy journalists from Globo, ESPN, SporTV, Band, RedeTV, Lance and UOL Esporte. Everyone wished to know: what was the plot behind the hug he obtained from defensive midfielder Ronny after Corinthians’ victory over Fluminense in the Copa do Brasil final Thursday?

It is the story of a pupil who by no means forgot the classes taught by the teacher, the story of a Corinthians participant that has resonated in the emotional reminiscence of anybody who has ever had a teacher. Rafael taught bodily schooling when Ronnie was between the ages of 10 and 15 at Colégio Drummond, in Vila Formosa, east of São Paulo.

“I’m comfortable after I see my college students graduate. I’m comfortable after I see that they’ve achieved one thing, after I see that they adopted their dream,” mentioned Rafael, a 37-year-old teacher who’s married and the father of a seven-year-old lady and a boy born in October. In the residence the place the household lives, the T-shirt the teacher bought from Ronnie adorns the lounge subsequent to the poster he took to the Arena. “Ronnie, I used to be your teacher. Can I’ve your shirt?” the craftsman wrote with a sharpie on a rapidly made poster, nothing greater than 4 sheets of A4 sure along with tape.

The Corinthians midfielder, a substitute in the win over Flu, acknowledged the professor amongst the different 45,000 in the stands. At the finish of the match, he gave Rafael not solely the shirt, but additionally a hug and a few phrases of affection.

Ronnie celebrates Corinthians’ victory with Raphael

Image: Personal archive

“I did not suppose he was going to get on, however he did and even bought a scolding from safety. Thank you for being there, that is all I bear in mind,” mentioned the professor, who ended up changing into an on the spot celebrity when the scene was broadcast reside on SportTV.

The official account of Copa do Brasil and Corinthians reposted the photographs. Other followers requested for selfies, and the teacher was acknowledged on the approach residence. Like any celebrity, he additionally garnered some haters, individuals who thought the scene was staged, a type of self-promotion by the participant. “Nothing in any respect, I do not even reply to those issues,” Raphael mentioned.

At Colégio Drummond, which has a partnership with Corinthians, Rafael taught bodily schooling classes to different students who would later grow to be professionals at the membership, similar to Guilherme Arana (now at Atlético-MG), Malcolm (Zenit) and Andressa Alves (Pomegranate ). This was a group that escaped the classroom to go to the court docket, they usually admired Rafael’s background: he himself had tried to be a participant earlier than getting into faculty and instructing.

“I used to indicate footage of it after I performed, and regardless that I by no means got here near being a skilled, they cherished it. When they wanted a grade in different topics, I gave by asking the different lecturers for that half level, exhibiting that they had been hardworking and deserving,” says Raphael.

After years of working in faculties, the teacher specialised in personal care for youngsters and adolescents with autism. They are college students with difficulties in socialization who discover in bodily exercise and sports activities methods to develop motor expertise and autonomy. As of Thursday, his Instagram had gained greater than 1,500 new followers, lots of whom had been acquainted with the professor’s work with autistic folks. “Today, my happiness is when a pupil can climb a step they could not earlier than, or once they can steadiness a ball.”

His former college students additionally appear to have fond recollections of the teacher who spoke their language, judging by the tender embrace between Ronny and Rafael, certainly one of the memorable photographs of this version of the Copa do Brasil. “He was certainly one of the nicest lecturers, the most appreciated in school. It’s a occupation that needs to be valued,” Ronnie mentioned after the match.

Rooney presents Rafael San Vicente with a shirt after Corinthians' win over Fluminense - Adriano Wilkson/UOL - Adriano Wilkson/UOL

Ronny presents Rafael San Vicente with a shirt after Corinthians beat Fluminense

Image: Adriano Wilkson/UOL

Valuing the instructing occupation is an oft-repeated however little-practiced mantra in a nation the place lecturers are nonetheless handled as second-rate professionals. “Unfortunately, a teacher’s wage is ridiculous, whether or not in public or personal faculties, and that was certainly one of the causes I left the classroom,” Rafael mentioned. “But one day it would get higher.”

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