Nothing is more important than the teacher in the classroom! That’s a statement I believe without question. It’s the teacher that works to build a positive relationship with each student. It’s the teacher that creates engaging, personalized lessons that allow all students to grow more than the expected year of growth. It’s the teacher that shapes a diverse group of students into a cohesive functioning unit. It’s the teacher that makes the difference now and long into the future.
As an administrator in Worthington Schools, I have a unique perspective into the work ethic, commitment, and professionalism, of Worthington teachers. As a parent in this school district my family has been forever blessed by the teachers who work daily with my children. As a graduate of Worthington Schools my life has literally been changed by Worthington teachers.
Teachers make the difference. In my life Bill Wolford was one of those difference makers. Since 1980 Bill has been impacting students at Worthington Hills Elementary in the classroom and on the athletic fields at Worthington High School, and for the past 23 years at Worthington Kilbourne.
A young Bill Wolford connected with me unlike any other teacher I had experienced. He took time in the classroom to help me achieve, but he also took time on the playground to teach us lacrosse. As a young man, I purchased my first lacrosse stick from Bill (a red Brine Superlight 2). I was hooked and that connection would provide me motivation throughout middle and high school to focus to some degree on academics.
After graduating from college and becoming a teacher in Worthington, Bill again connected with me and took me under his wing. His role as a teacher and mentor did not end with me in the 80’s, it continued into the late 90’s and early 2000’s. My story with Bill is not unique. Hundred’s and hundred’s of former students and athletes would tell the same story about Bill.
A great teacher is not only a great teacher for the school year. Our teachers create a connection with students that lasts a lifetime. This week is teacher appreciation week. I’m thankful for teachers like Bill Wolford and his over 700 colleagues throughout Worthington who work hard everyday to make a positive difference in the lives of Worthington students. Our teachers are not only working to help all of our students become college and career ready. They’re working to help our students become “life ready” with a combination of academic skills, grit, determination and perseverance. Likewise many of our teachers are making a commitment that their guidance, support, and help, doesn’t end when the school year does. It lasts a lifetime.
Please take a minute and thank a Worthington teacher this week! They’re worth it. Nothing is more important than the teacher in the classroom!
-Trent Bowers, Assistant Superintendent