Special needs physical education teacher John Wodarski was nominated for September's Teacher of the Month by Ms. Boyd’s whole class for his patience and dedication to his students’ physical health. Wodwarski was not only awarded a $250 Visa gift card, but also kind words of appreciation from his students whom he has taught for the past year. Despite the fact that many of the students have disabilities that prevent them from speaking, they still created a nomination video using signs.
One of the signs read, “We as a class nominate our teacher John Wodarski because he is da bomb and we have fun. We go to the weight room, play kick ball, and learn how to do the Cupid Shuffle.”
Principal Ed Perozek and Ms. Boyd hold up a $250 check with Mr. Wodarski. The signs the students are holding were part of their nomination videos.
“This is his first year working with students with disabilities,” Ms. Boyd said. “And our guys are doing things that they’ve never done before. He is teaching our students independence and allowing them to blend in just like everybody else. We appreciate that he includes our students and doesn’t treat them any different.”
The Start High Student and Teacher of the Month Contest is sponsored by Attorney Chuck Boyk, who graduated from Start in 1976.
“I really wanted get involved with the students and teachers and learn their stories,” Chuck said. “We want to recognize the great things that they are doing and try and boost morale throughout the school. It was a great place to go to high school and it still is.”