Learning Link is pleased to announce the 2013 Classroom Hero for Secondary Education, Ryan Heinrich from Tokay High School. After the judges reviewed nominations for 75 other secondary teachers, Heinrich forged ahead due to comments like these:
"The difference between a good teacher and a brilliant teacher is effort, their level of devotion to their students and to teaching the subject they are passionate about. Instead of trudging through the required curriculum, concerned only with meeting state standards, they approach each day with a unique optimism and determination to help each of their students achieve their full potential. They devote countless hours to transform what would otherwise be a dry, monotonous lesson into one that gets students involved and interested. They have the answer for "Why do even need to learn this?" and "When will this be used in real life?" And a prime example of such a teacher is Mr. Heinrich." -Tokay High School student
"He once laid on a bed of nails to show hoe matter is displaced." -Tokay High student
"He makes it (physics) easy for average students like me." -Tokay High School student
""He is rife with ambition...He keeps us entertained by excitement in his eyes." -Tokay High School student
"One of the most supportive teachers I've ever had." -Tokay High School student
"He is animated and optimistic...it is very infectious and appreciated by his students" -Tokay High School student
The nomination forms for Mr. Heinrich stated over and over how energetic, passionate, creative, selfless and inspirational he is. Students noted Heinrich's ambition to continue learning personally and his tireless efforts to help them succeed in life.
Terrific job Mr. Heinrich. Your ability to inspire is not limited to the students in your class!
You are all invited to attend the Lodi Community Band Christmas Concert on December 15 at 2:00 p.m. to watch Mr. Heinrich receive his award. The concert will be held at Hutchins Street Square and is free of charge. Come support the 2013 Classroom Heroes and the Lodi Community Band.