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Hatcher Received Excellence in Teaching Award at PHS

May 19, 2014


Plymouth High School social studies teacher, David Hatcher, was named the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award, Teacher of the year during the National Honor Society Induction on May 18.

Every six weeks during the school year, a teacher is named an Excellence in Teaching Award winner. Those named for the 2013-2014 school year in addition to Hatcher included Ryan Rust, Jane Faulstich, Michael Delp, Laura Kruyer, and Melissa Faulstich.

After the ceremony, Hatcher said, “Never in a million years did I expect to win this award for a second time. In fact, not until eight years ago, never in a million years would I have thought that I would someday be a teacher.” Speaking of his own school years, he said, “Throughout grade school, middle school, and high school, I was painfully shy, purposely not taking some high school courses because I knew the teacher would force me to give a presentation in front of the class.”

After completing a degree in Psychology, Hatcher went on to pursue a PhD in Cogitative Psychology. He said, “Much to my dismay, in graduate school, my advisor forced me to teach several “Introduction to Psychology” courses, leading me to face my fear head-on.” “My sense of fear was replaced with excitement.” he said.

He said, “The more I taught, the more I realized that I enjoyed teaching more than conducting psychological research, leading me to leave a graduate program where I had excelled for two years to pursue a degree in secondary education.”

Hatcher shared his appreciation to the members of the National Honor Society saying, “Thank you for recognizing and rewarding my efforts.”

Carol Anders Correspondent