For the Star Beacon
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.
“After discovering that there was an enthusiastic interest in the club, I felt there was no choice but to bring it back,” said McMannes. The mock debates between student-represented countries encourage a higher level thinking process, and an ability to formulate and support opinions. He hopes that the members are able to expand their knowledge about other places and their customs.
“If one person can take away a new view on the world, I’ve done my job,” McMannes said.
Another new extracurricular at Lakeside is the Chess Club, started by math teacher Daniel Van Allen. He chose to bring this strategy-based competition to the school, primarily because of his passion for the game of chess, and the logic involved. The club is inspiring a surprisingly large amount of students to adopt the game, making it one of the school’s most popular academic activities.
“Forty-five kids come to Chess Club, and I think that speaks for itself,” said Van Allen.
These are just a few of the teachers at Lakeside who are going the extra mile for the school. They are taking on responsibilities that benefit the students and staff, while encouraging others to strive for success. Mr. Gallatin, Mr. McMannes and Mr. Van Allen all exemplify the excellence found throughout the school community.