Lately, there has been some excitement for Leesville’s teachers. The selection of the teacher of the year is going on right now.
To be entered in the competition, the educator must write a brief biography and resume, explaining what they have achieved and what they do in education.
After the nomination process, the faculty votes on the best nominee. The ballots are counted, and then the teacher of the year is announced.
The teacher of the year is recognized at a faculty meeting, given a celebration of their hard work, and earns a certificate authenticating their award.
Being a teacher of the year says a lot about the individual receiving the award. It speaks of their work ethic, their leadership ability, and their social skills.
“I think they are very good motivators of their classes. They show a high level of keeping their classes stimulated, and with their colleagues they obviously show respect because their colleagues admire them and respect them,” said Kathy Flor, lead secretary at LRHS. “Students usually very much respect them, and they push their kids to work, but at the same time they recognize the different levels of learning.”
In agreement with Flor, we as a newspaper class think that a teacher of the year should be a balance between tough and encouraging.
Teachers need to be tough on students — a lot of times this means being strict about rules and giving brutally honest grades to students in an attempt to help them improve. But these tough teachers should also be encouraging and be hard on their students for the right reasons, to help them be better students. The best quality of a teacher is exhibiting “tough love”.
So, which teacher do all of you, as LRHS students, think embodies these qualities?