When Dustin Weaver teaches English classes at Chillicothe High School, everyone listens, including students, administrators, fellow teachers and aspiring teachers from college education classes. His passion for making teaching engaging and effective, and his dedication to students are two of many reasons why Weaver received the title Ohio Teacher of the Year on September 22 at his alma mater.
“Dustin Weaver exemplifies excellence in teaching,” said Paolo DeMaria, state superintendent of public instruction. “He shines the light on the outstanding work our teachers do every day in the classroom and in the community to make a difference in their students’ lives. He deserves our thanks and recognition and so does Chillicothe City Schools for creating conditions in which teachers can succeed.”
Chillicothe High School requires all new teachers to observe Weaver in conducting new, school-wide teaching approaches that Principal Jeff Fisher, 2015 Ohio Principal of the Year, introduced to better engage students and improve learning. Dedicated to continually improving, Weaver has invited the entire school staff to critique his videotaped lessons as they all work together to hone their teaching skills.
Previously at Logan Elm High School in Circleville for six years, Weaver returned to his hometown high school four years ago. Through his service on the district and school leadership teams, he focuses on improving attendance, reducing discipline incidents and addressing issues facing students who come from low-income homes.
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