Meet The Long Beach Speech Teacher Who Taught Gabriel Iglesias In High School

Comedian Gabriel Iglesias dedicated his Netflix show
Comedian Gabriel Iglesias dedicated his Netflix show "Mr. Iglesias" to his high school speech teacher, June Garner. The two reunited at the premiere of the show.
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Before he gained stardom with his Netflix show, stand-up comedy, and movie appearances, Gabriel Iglesias was a student in June Garner's speech class at Wilson High in Long Beach.

He said she believed in him, even when he didn't believe in himself.

That's why the comedian says he dedicated his Netflix series, Mr. Iglesias, to the retired teacher. 

"It was the least I could do ... to at least acknowledge the fact that you were that influential," Iglesias told Garner.



Having 1 teacher who believes in u can make all the difference.

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Garner told her former student that she's watched the first season of Mr. Iglesias "probably about 12 times."

"I needed something to give me joy at this point – I’m not gonna cry – but watching you, I don’t know. I’m just so proud of you," she said. "I’m so proud of you."

We tagged along as the two caught up last month.

You can watch a video of their conversation below, or listen to it by clicking the blue play button above.

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