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John Croom Named OMHS Teacher of the Year

Brooklynn Smith, Staff Writer

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The OMHS 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year is John Croom. This award shows great dedication to not only the school but also to the students and is voted on by the school faculty. Croom answered a few questions about this prestigious acknowledgement.

What are your biggest accomplishments being a teacher?
“This is a difficult question to answer. I try very very hard to teach history in such a way that it comes alive to my students. I feel I have had some success in this in presenting history as a narrative three stories and re-creating the visual record/presentation in my lessons. I’m always saddened by those students who I did not or could not reach in spite of my best efforts.”

How does it feel to be voted Teacher of the Year?
“It was an honor just being nominated among a group of really fantastic and dedicated educators, all of whom I know are far better at teaching than I am. When I was told I won I was stunned and very humbled.”

Is this your first time being Teacher of the Year?
“ When I taught at Oak Mountain Middle School I won Teacher of the Year for the 2006-2007 school year.”

What would you say to other teachers to show that you are appreciative of this award?
“I am usually not at a loss for words, as anyone who has ever been in my classroom can attest, so whatever words or phrases I can muster to show my gratitude would be inadequate. I can only say ‘thank you from the bottom of my heart and I will try to live up to the honor.’”

Congratulations to Mr. John Croom. This award comes with several responsibilities and efforts toward students. This shows ownership and to whom it was awarded to, honor and courage, as a teacher!

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