The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

School Columnists

November 28, 2013

Teachers go the extra mile to give students more opportunities to expand their horizon

SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — Although they are hard at work for six hours a day, some teachers at Lakeside High School are going above and beyond their usual classroom instruction. In addition to their typical teaching duties, these astounding individuals have chosen to take on a higher caliber of responsibility. While exemplifying the ambitious nature of the school community, these educators also succeed in improving the drive of colleagues and students alike. Whether it be taking on a new extracurricular, reviving a club, or participating in a prestigious national conference, determination is easily found in the faculty at Lakeside High School.

Social studies teacher Edwin Gallatin has received the esteemed honor of being a featured speaker at the 95th National Council of Social Studies in St. Louis, which is a conference for college professors and high school teachers from around the country. Gallatin was chosen out of thousands of applicants to present a lecture on political bias in the news media when he submitted a proposal earlier this year. His passion for social studies became prominent at an early age.

“I was always curious about the world around me, and why things are the way they are,” said Gallatin, “which is an ideology I acquired from my instructors at Ashtabula High School.”

Out of the 500 workshops he has the opportunity to attend, he hopes to learn new techniques for effective teaching that he will apply to his daily lessons back at Lakeside High School.

“I’m eager to hear new ideas for approaching content in fun and exciting ways, as well as meet and talk to other excellent teachers, and learn from them as well,” Gallatin said.

While Gallatin is away, Cooper McMannes is busy back at the school with Model United Nations. Model U.N. has not been a part of the Lakeside community for several years, but this social studies tutor has decided to revive the activity in hopes of forging an interest in world issues in the student body.

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