By Lanz Christian Bañes
Ricardo Henley’s classroom at Jesse Bethel High School is one dedicated to the study of history.
But perhaps the lessons with the most impact for the longtime Vallejo resident and teacher aren’t the ones found in a book — but what’s on the walls of Room O-105.
“I had a student who would not do any work. … Then one day, a binder fell off his desk filled with drawings,” Henley, 55, said Friday, pointing to a caricature of himself drawn by that very student years ago.
Henley, one of the original Bethel teachers when the school opened in 1998, has been in the same room for the last 15 years, collecting projects and memorabilia from his students and the community and festooning his walls. But when school starts this fall, Henley — affectionately nicknamed “Hendawg” by a student years ago — will be in a more modern room on the north side of campus.