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OSSD Rookie Teacher of the Year 2017-2018 Announced!

Jonathan Lawler joined Greyhound Nation this year, teaching Economics and US Government as well as coaching 9th grade boys basketball. From day one, Jonathan has been like a sponge, wanting to learn as much as he could about his courses, his students, his school, his district, and his team. Even when faced with obstacles, Jonathan persevered with a positive outlook. He has encouraged his students and his players to strive for high achievement, including guiding his seniors during college selections.  When asked to describe Coach Lawler, one senior stated that he “strives to challenge his students daily by introducing new perspectives of age-old material and expanding upon it. He encourages a positive attitude and an open mind, and he finds a way to relate to each and every student.”


Jonathan taught two courses and coached basketball during his first year. Lawler states, “With teaching and the added coaching responsibilities it was sometimes very difficult to find time to complete everything that needed to get done. Especially during the first half of the year. I got a lot of help from my teacher mentor. He was able to direct me in the right direction when I needed the help. I also just continued to work everyday and eventually I was able to complete everything, until I was able to get a solid routine with everything.”


Lawler loves being part of Greyhound Nation. “The best part about being a GREYHOUND is that every day I get to work in an environment that allows me to do everything that I have wanted to do with my life. I have always wanted to be a teacher and coach ever since I was 12 years old and working here has only assured me that I am doing exactly what I am supposed to do with my life.”


Congratulations to Coach Jonathan Lawler for being Greyhound Nation’s Rookie Teacher of the Year!