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It is a Friday, and you are a 6th grader at McClure Middle School in Kennesaw, Georgia. A man with white curly hair greets you at the classroom door wearing a white lab coat and safety glasses. You might think you have met Albert Einstein, but the hair is a wig. The man is Mr. Limpertstein, a science teacher who on the other days of the week is known as Ryan Limpert. With the assistance of quotations of Albert Einstein, please take a moment to learn why Mr. Limpert, and his alias Mr. Limpertstein, is the finest teacher I know.

"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."

The traditional teaching method does not exist in Mr. Limpert's classroom. On most days you will find the desks pushed aside and textbooks with stiff binders. The students participate in hands on activities; it is not unusual to find the class outdoors. While impressive, these methods are not what truly allow Mr. Limpert to stand out of the crowd. His understanding and use of the power of music cannot be matched.

Mr. Limpert develops dance routines to teach, reinforce, and help the students remember the lessons. He writes lyrics to popular music, which the infamous Mr. Limpertstein sings on Friday. Mr. Limpertstein estimates he has penned 200-300 songs during his fourteen-year career. You cannot say you have seen it all until witnessing Mr. Limpertstein perform with the assistance of Billy Joel or Elton John. His students can’t wait for Friday, and not because it is the day before Saturday.

"Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person."

Mr. Limpert is a master. He puts his whole strength and soul into developing not only great science students, but also great young adults. He sponsors, without compensation, the school science club. Mr. Limpert attended every after school performance last year. You will always find him in the front row showing support for his current and former students at band concerts, chorus recitals, the school play, and anything else that keeps the lights on at night.

Mr. Limpert can also be found away from school. He coaches tennis and volunteers as a softball coach. How many teachers do you know ask to attend your child's activities? Imagine Mr. Limpert arriving to watch your daughter practice her horsemanship skills on a Saturday afternoon. He will be between coaching a double header softball game and volunteering at church, but he will be there.

"The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive."

It is my honor to nominate Ryan Limpert for the Scholastic Favorite Teacher award. He is invaluable at McClure Middle School. Despite Mr. Einstein, I believe Ryan Limpert deserves to receive this recognition (and the prize!).

 

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