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Teacher Appreciation Week: Great Teachers Matter, Day 4

Posted : 2 May 2016

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In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, the NC NTSP will feature several teachers in our partnership districts throughout North Carolina each day this week. Please see below for the fourth profile, which is a news article posted by The Times News in Burlington. Jordan Hohm was recently named the 2016 Alamance Burlington School System Teacher of the Year. Jordan participated in the NC New Teacher Support Program as a beginning teacher and we are very proud of his achievement! We invite you to express your appreciation for those great teachers and school leaders who have made a difference in your life by tweeting #GreatTeachersNC.

Thank you to all of the great educators who make such a difference every day for the students of North Carolina!

 

 

05/03/16-Broadview Middle School teacher Jordan Hohm shakes hand with superintendent Bill Harrison after it was announced that he is the 2016 ABSS Teacher of the Year on May 3 at Alamance Country Club. Steven Mantilla/

By Isaac Groves, Times-News

Photo by Steven Mantilla, Times-News

 

It took three years at Broadview Middle School for Jordan Hohm to reach the top as the 2016 Teacher of the Year for the Alamance-Burlington School System.

“Jordan is just a one-of-a-kind sort of teacher,” Broadview Principal Brie Butler said after the 2016 Excellence in Education Awards program Tuesday evening at the Alamance Country Club. “He invests in every child. They come through his door, and he takes them to a level they didn’t know they could get to.”

Originally from Rhinelander, Wis., Hohm, 26, came from a teaching family. “My dad is a pastor, my mom was a teacher, my little brother is a teacher,” Hohm said, “so I kind of think it’s in my blood a little bit.” He graduated from Greenville College in Greenville, Ill., and came to North Carolina when his wife Niquita entered Duke Divinity School. He found a job teaching English at Broadview. “I haven’t looked for anything since then,” Hohm said. “I love Broadview.” Hohm said he started out teaching at Decatur Christian School in Decatur, Ill. Broadview is only his second school.

“I think what brought me to eighth grade is they’re at a really important stage in their lives,” Hohm said. “They’re deciding what they’re going to be; they’re old enough to have complex discussion, but they’re still forming.”

There were short videos of all the finalists. In his video, Hohm remembered a day early in his career — not his best — when the class was not focusing and his principal came in to observe.

“One kid looked at me and said, ‘Just teach me,’” Hohm said. “You have kids who are dying to learn. … And he wasn’t a perfect kid — the next day — well — whatever.”

Every August, Hohm said, he goes to visit all his students at home to get to know them, let them know what he expects, and let them, and their parents, know what to expect from him. “So they’re already on board on day one,” Hohm said, “and it also gets their parents on board.”

Out of 39 nominees, Hohm was one of eight finalists, including Cathia Acton, biology and chemistry teacher at The Burlington School, representing private schools, and Christy Waugh, Spanish teacher at Alamance Community College, representing higher education. Finalists all got a $1,000 prize. Nominees won $100 prizes, and the six semi-finalists received $500. Hohm, as teacher of the year, gets, among many prizes, $2,000, the use of a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu for the year, courtesy of Dick Shirley Chevrolet, and the opportunity for national and international travel for various conferences and trainings. In all, sponsors contributed nearly $50,000 for prizes, said Lori Seiler, board chair of the Alamance Chamber. “That’s a very impressive investment in our community,” Seiler said.