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THS Alum Named People Teacher of the Year

18 Oct News

Tomahawk residents paging through this week’s People Magazine may see a familiar face.

THS Alum John Herber has been named as one of People’s 2013 Teachers of the Year. Just eight teachers from across the country were chosen for this honor.

Herber currently teaches Science at Oakcrest Elementary in Pensacola, Florida.

According to the magazine, when he started teaching science at Oakcrest, 16 percent of the school’s fifth graders were considered proficient in science; five years later, 66 percent have either met or exceeded expectations.

His hands on approach to teaching science was considered instrumental in getting his students interested in science.

People says the chosen teachers showed creativity and heart in helping students succeed. The nominees were selected by the magazines editors along with an educational advisory board. Herber and the other honorees will receive $4,000 for their  school and $1,000 for themselves.

Herber is a 1993 Tomahawk High School Graduate. The October 28 issue hits news stands today.