Parker McCollum Reconnects With Former Teacher In Heartwarming Twitter Exchange

“Sometimes I wonder what my AP Environmental Science teacher is doing now days,” he wrote.


Madeleine O’Connell

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January 24, 2023


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Parker McCollum; Photo By Andrew Wendowski

Parker McCollum generally stays pretty open on his Twitter account, whether that means posting about sports, new music, upcoming shows and other important moments in his life. However, the “Gold Chain Cowboy” seemed to be feeling a bit nostalgic recently when he tweeted about one of his former teachers who he’d lost touch with over the years. 

He wrote, “Sometimes I wonder what my AP Environmental Science teacher is doing now days. She was so cool. Coach Deorfler was her name. We were pretty tight in that class. Never been able to find her online. Hope she’s doin good!”

Users quickly flooded the comment section with helpful suggestions on hopes that McCollum find his science teacher. Luckily, it didn’t take too much searching because not long after the Tweet was posted, McCollum received the response he was hoping for. 

His former teacher said, “Hey Parker! It’s me, Coach Doerfler! Not teaching or coaching anymore. Just living the mom life! Would love to catch a show next time your in town! Looks like you’ve made it! Proud of you!!” 

Parker McCollum; Photo by Chris Kleinmeier
Parker McCollum; Photo by Chris Kleinmeier

After seeing Coach Doerfler herself show up in the comments, McCollum shared her response and even offered to send her to one of his shows to show his appreciation. 

 “Well damn that was quick,” he wrote in surprise. “Coach Doerfler!!! Good to hear from you. Was talkin with the boys about CP and you crossed my mind. Glad to see you’re doin so well! Would love to have you and your family out to a show! Anytime you want!”

She also shared that her family still remembers that McCollum sat in her classroom growing up and they continue to show their support for him in his budding music career.

“Sounds good! Whenever we hear you on the radio my 4-year-old little boy says “hey mom, that’s your student!” We had tickets to see you at the pavilion in October but got sick and didn’t make it. Would love to come see you at the rodeo or at Minute Maid! Thanks for the kind words,” she said wrapping up the exchange. 

Since his days of learning about environmental science, the Conroe, Texas native has poured countless hours of dedication into pursuing his dreams with his wife, Hallie Ray Light, by his side.

On March 28, the couple will celebrate one full year of marriage. They said “I Do” at Boxwood Manor in Tomball, Texas, following McCollum’s successful proposal to Hallie Ray on July 1, 2021. 

They broke the news of their engagement on social media with a photo of them sitting side-by-side in matching blue shirts, which he captioned “she said yes!”

Parker McCollum and Hallie Ray; Photo by Jason Kempin, Getty Images for CMT
Parker McCollum and Hallie Ray; Photo by Jason Kempin, Getty Images for CMT

In addition to strengthening his relationship with his wife more and more each day, McCollum is also getting ready to share a new collection of music with his fanbase. 

Listeners got a glimpse into the “Hell of a Year” singer’s next album with his most recent release, “Stoned,” his fan-favorite “Handle On You,” and his unreleased track which has been teased on social media, “Lessons From An Old Man.”

The new set of music will follow McCollum throughout his slew of tour dates in 2023. He’ll be hitting the road with an impressive group of rising County artists including Corey Kent, Catie Offerman, Larry Fleet, Jackson Dean, Flatland Cavalry, and Texas staple, the Randy Rogers Band. 

Beginning in the spring, the singer/songwriter will also serve as a special guest on Morgan Wallen’s One Night At A Time World Tour along with HARDY, Ernest and Bailey Zimmerman. 

Parker McCollum is next scheduled to perform at the Palace Theatre in Columbus, OH on February 2.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.