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Teacher Tim McLean wins social studies teacher of the year

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Award Winner McLean


Ted Gehring, a former teacher at the high school, nominated social studies teacher, Tim McLean for the FOX Top Teacher Award.

Once Gehring wrote a letter nominating him, they contacted McLean and told him he was nominated and needed to submit credentials. He also needed some letters of recommendation.

“Mr. McLean asked me to write a letter on his behalf and of course I was honored to do,” said former teacher, Bo Stevens.

Almost 1,000 teachers were nominated for this award and only nine winners were chosen by the judging panel.

“I don’t know what makes me the best teacher but it means I’ve been doing this an awfully long time,” said McLean.

In Steven’s recommendation, he mentioned how much McLean loves teaching social studies. “He’s out in the hall trying to recruit free lessons,” said Stevens.

Stevens said he doesn’t think a day goes by where McLean isn’t contacted by a former student asking for his advice on a college paper or a job interview.

“Mr. McLean is in touch with so many former students,” said Stevens, “Because they want to be in touch with him.”

McLean will receive $900 from M&I Bank to use for classroom supplies, a Subway sandwich party with 100 people he chooses, and recognition on FOX 9 News.

“It’s gonna be a wonderful memory,” said McLean, “I’ve had thousands of kids and I’ve worked with hundreds of fantastic teachers.”

McLean has encouraged younger teachers to pursue more social studies education. Gehring is pursuing his Masters Degree because of encouragement from McLean.

“He’s fun to be around and he knows so much, so it’s great to learn from him,” said senior Jake Vanness.

There will be a thirty-minute special on FOX 9 showing all nine of the Top Teacher Award winners on Friday, June 11, 9:30-10:00 p.m. during the evening news.

“He has continued to improve his own knowledge in social studies. He is a student himself all the time,” said Stevens.

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6 Responses to “Award Winner McLean”

  1. Emily Sevenz on March 31st, 2016 5:27 pm

    Mr. McLean is one of the reasons I became a teacher. I have numerous memories of his classroom, which is a testament to how impactful his lessons are.

    Congratulations McLean, a very well deserved award.

  2. Lee Wickstrom on March 31st, 2016 6:32 pm

    If only 10% of public education teachers could be like Mr. McLean, all kids would look forward to learning and this generation’s sense of entitlement would be replaced with work ethic. He is one of a kind!

  3. Jenny Kolby on March 31st, 2016 7:04 pm

    McClean is and always will be one of the most influential people in my life.

  4. Amy Spindler on March 31st, 2016 8:52 pm

    I am proud to have been one of his students. When I needed the extra help he was willing to help me any time. He helped me understand at my level. He was fun and always welcoming. You are one teacher I will never forget. I’m so proud of you!.

  5. Jennie Pechia on May 17th, 2016 6:13 pm

    Mr. McLean is the best teacher I have ever had. I learned so much from him, because of him I have a great love of history. I can remember him teaching us about the holocaust and making us put our desks together in the class room in a square, than telling all of us students to stand in the square than to try and sit down.. This lesson showed us what it must’ve been like for those who rode in the cattle cars while being transported to concentration camps.
    He had a way to reach us all, through his demonstrations, and he laxed way of when we handed in our homework. He means a lot to me even after 17 years. I am great full I got to be one of his students, and thankful he took his time to reach us and taught us so many wonderful things.
    He deserves this more than anyone. There are so many, many stories of how he brought his favorite subject to life.

  6. Jamie Pariseau on May 17th, 2016 9:36 pm

    Mr. McLean was an amazing teacher and mentor! I remember him always singing in the hallways. It’s hard to be in a bad mood when you hear someone singing American Pie down your highschool hallway. My son Tim has him as a teacher this year and is very fond of him as well. Tim says Mr. McLean still sings in the hallway! He deserves this award for many reasons!

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