INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– State Superintendent Glenda Ritz announced the new Indiana Teacher of the Year Friday morning at Washington Township’s North Central High School. The winner of the prestigious award is Steve Perkins, a Latin teacher at North Central.
Students, staff and past Teacher of the Year winners lined the halls of North Central and surprised Mr. Perkins in his classroom to share the news with him.
“It was the students, seeing them line the halls, I’ll have my moment of crying later, I will tel you, because that, that meant everything,” said Mr. Perkins.
“He was really the reason I got into Latin because I walked by one of his Latin classes one morning and i saw how much fun they were having so i decided, I’ve got to take this class and I’m really glad i did , he’s such a fantastic teacher and he’ so fun to be around,” said senior Graham Raby, who has been taking Mr. Perkins’ class since his freshman year.
Mr. Perkins was one of three finalists for the honor. He will spend the rest of this school year in the classroom and then will begin his year of service in the 2014/2015 school year. During that time he’ll work with the Indiana Department of Education and lawmakers, serving as a voice for classroom teachers across the state. Mr. Perkins will also get to travel to meet with winners of the award from around the country.
The nomination for Mr. Perkins said, “As a master teacher, Mr. Perkins brings a ‘dead language’ to life by demonstrating enthusiasm, strong communication skills and a willingness to infuse every lesson with creativity. His passion for learning is contagious and his ability to inspire young learners is to be admired. Before we identified the IB Learner Profiles in our schools, there was a balanced, caring, master communicator, knowledgeable, open-minded, principled, reflective thinker who developed inquiring students who were and continue to be risk-takers. Gratias ago vos magister!”