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Teacher leads double life as undefeated boxer

There are two sides to Alisah McPhee. By day, she's in front of a blackboard, an elementary school teacher in Bradner, B.C. By night, she's under the lights and in the ring - an undefeated amateur Vancouver boxer. "Teach her how it's done," supporters yell out during a match. "Teach her her ABCs." But it's not boxing that makes Ms. McPhee, 31, nervous. She'd rather face an opponent's jab than a room full of pre-teens. "I was sweating," she says, laughing as she recalls her first day on the job. "With 30 kids in the classroom, and you don't know them, you've got to get to know every signal person and build a relationship with each individual." She started boxing in 2009, winning her first fight five months later. Her dad was in the crowd; he hasn't returned, saying he can't bear to watch. But her students' families relish their teacher's double life. Amid the two endeavours, she finds common ground. "You gotta to be prepared everyday," she says of her teaching gig. "My lesson plan and my day plan but if what's coming at you isn't what you have planed you've got to throw it out the window." Just like in the ring. John Lehmann the Globe and Mail Vancouver-based staff photographer, gives you a front seat into her double life.

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Alisah Mcphee an elementary school teacher seen here in her class room May 23, 2012, in Bradner, B.C. and as an amateur boxer after winning her title fight in Langley, B.C. April 1, 2012.

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Alisah Mcphee an amateur boxer and school teacher from Bradner, B.C. warps her hands before sparing at a gym in Langley, B.C. April 1, 2012.

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Alisah Mcphee warms-up as she prepares for her match for City Super Featherweight title fight in Langley, B.C. at the Clash at the Cascades April 1, 2012.

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Alisah Mcphee takes a moment to mentally prepare before her match for City Super Featherweight title fight in Langley, B.C. at the Clash at the Cascades April 1, 2012. Mcphee went on to win her first title fight.

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Alisah Mcphee connects with her opponent's head, Darcie Nestor during the Clash at the Cascades City Super Featherweight title fight in Langley, B.C. April 1, 2012. Mcphee went on to win her first title fight.

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Alisah Mcphee's opponent Darcie Nestor staggers during the Clash at the Cascades City Super Featherweight title fight in Langley, B.C. April 1, 2012. Mcphee went on to win her first title fight.

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Alisah Mcphee an amateur boxer and school teacher from Bradner, B.C. takes a break and laughs during training at a gym in Langley, B.C. March 25, 2012.

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