The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Next Generation

March 10, 2010

Schultz is voted Lakeside's 'Favorite Teacher'

SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — Lakeside High School is the home of many great instructors, each with outstanding qualities as educators that Lakeside students are quick to appreciate. Every year, the yearbook staff of LHS asks the students to vote for their favorite teachers. The results are surprising, with “fun classes,” such as art or drama, losing the vote, while the dedicated teachers of more severe subjects often take the prize.

This year, the runner-up for the prize of “Favorite Teacher” is the head of the Science Department and biology teacher Brian Toth. Growing up in a small town near Steubenville, he spent his childhood on a farm and grew up around plants and animals his entire life. It’s not surprising that when he left high school he went to Ohio State University as a major in biology. After spending three years at OSU, which he loved, he transferred to Cleveland State University and graduated in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He has since received a master’s degree in education. Toth has been married for 13 years and has taught in the Ashtabula Area School District for 12 years. He has three children, 7-year-old twins Zach and Kaitlin and 3-year-old Aryanna.

Why did he become a teacher? “I honestly became a teacher because it was something to do, but it was definitely the right choice because I love my job,” Toth said.

He instructs the College Prep Biology course and the Advanced Placement Biology course, which are filled with sophomores and above. The students love him, not only because he is easily relatable through the music he listens to, love of hockey and hilarious stories, but also because he is committed to their education.

“Toth is a really great teacher because he lets students get involved with the class, which ends up teaching us so much more. I’ll definitely miss his class when I’m in college,” said Lisa Roane, a senior in his AP Biology class.

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