‘Be Golden’ Teacher of the Week: Mr. Steve Everhart

The “Be Golden” award is a new faculty and staff recognition program at the high school.

This award is given weekly by a faculty/staff member to another faculty/staff member. Whoever receives the trophy on Friday is responsible for awarding it to someone else the following week. The only criteria are to give it to someone who has done something to make the school a better place.

“With the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) initiative in our school, we want to not only recognize students for being golden but staff members as well,” said Shannon Davis, the award program coordinator. “This is a way to personally thank people we work with every day, but don’t always have the chance to show them how much they are appreciated.”

Last week the award went to Mr. Ron Wilson

He chose to give the award to Mr. Steve Everhart

Mr. Wilson’s Quote:

When I started thinking about who should receive the Be Golden award, I felt I should pass it on to the person that would be a strong example for my own children.  Immediately Mr. Everhart came to mind.  He possesses all of the characteristics that I feel educators should model for their students.  He is insanely organized, possesses incredible work ethic, and his dedication to his teaching duties is legendary.  He has been a positive influence on our school community in the classroom, the weight room, and on our athletic fields.  I have been blessed to have him as a colleague, mentor and hallway neighbor for the last twenty years and look forward to working with him in the future.  Congratulations and thank you Mr. Everhart for Being GOLDEN.

The Eagle Eye interviewed Mr. Everhart about being this week’s award winner:

Eagle Eye: What encouraged you to become a teacher?

Steve Everhart: “I always liked to write and appreciated the power of words. My freshman English teacher Rich Merryman helped me to refine my writing skills and to think of ways that could most effectively develop that skill in others. That was my prelude to teaching. “

EE: What do you enjoy most about being a teacher?

SE: “Reading an amazing piece of student writing and knowing that I had a small part in creating it gives me literal  goose-bumps. I’m always humbled and thrilled simultaneously at the quality writing our students produce.”

EE: Is this your dream job? If not, what is?

SE: “Most people know “I’m living the dream” to convey sarcasm about their work. I’m one of the lucky ones who say it and mean it. Teaching isn’t the most glamorous gig, but it’s one of those jobs that will probably make you feel it was all worth it when it comes time to pick out a headstone.”