Friday, April 15, 2005

A Red Apple Salute For Teacher Shawn Logan

Shawn Logan, who teaches high school mathematics in Smithville, Missouri, has been selected to receive the Christa McAuliffe Award by the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce:

It [the award] recognizes “the kind of innovation, motivation and spirit” demonstrated by McAuliffe, the only civilian teacher aboard the 1986 Challenger space shuttle, which exploded.

Logan, a 28-year-old math teacher and academic bowl coach, was chosen from a pool of 107 nominees from eight Northland districts. Logan won a $250 gift certificate for classroom supplies.

He is in his sixth year of teaching and his second in the Smithville School District. It says something that his peers at Smithville High School nominated him, said Principal Wayne Krueger, who wrote the chamber to recommend Logan.

No other Smithville High School teacher has won the award in its 19-year history.

The morning after Smithville High School's Shawn Logan received a coveted Northland teaching award, he was back in the classroom, filled by 7 a.m. with students reviewing for a test.

That selfless attitude earned the award, say those who nominated him.

For Mr. Logan, and all the other teachers out there, who go that extra mile on behalf their students, but remain unrecognized, we offer our Red Apple Salute.
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