Congratulations to Mr. Gerry Sherlock, Seneca's 2019/2020 Teacher of the Year.
Mr. Sherlock is the Coordinator of Seneca's Social Studies department, teaches US History 1 & 2 and American Government, and is an assistant track coach.
Mr. Sherlock was nominated and selected because:
"He is a life-long learner who is constantly striving to expand his knowledge of history, politics, and government (even though he is extremely knowledgeable about these things already). Somehow, in addition to being an engaging teacher, attentive and involved father of four, dedicated coach, mediator, and mentor to many students, Gerry always finds time to read a new book, tune into a new podcast, or read a provocative and relevant article pertaining to his subject areas. He then raises the rest of his department up by sharing what he has learned or recommending that we read or listen to those things he has found most interesting and helpful."
"He is an enthusiastic and passionate teacher of history and current events. Countless students, year after year, mention him as one of their favorite teachers…not because his class is easy but because he finds ways to teach while also making his classes enjoyable and interesting for students of all different levels, backgrounds, and interests. He is constantly looking for ways to revamp and improve his lessons year to year. He actively seeks out professional development opportunities for himself and others in our department. He starts conversations during Common Planning that lead to more sharing of ideas among colleagues, and we are all better as a result."
"He is a visible and active member of our Seneca family and the community. Over the years, he has coached, worked security, chaperoned dances and other events, and made those events better with his presence. His legendary karaoke performances have delighted students and staff alike at Spirit Week and GYGO."
"He is an incredibly positive person. He chooses to see the best in everyone, and, as a result, people around him want to work harder to be the best versions of themselves. He is a man of integrity with a strong work ethic, a positive attitude, an easy laugh, and a big heart. He understands how to make people feel heard, important and empowered. He is a great role model for our students and for his colleagues. He so deserves to be recognized for his wonderful achievements in the classroom and beyond, and I can think of no one who would represent what we value at Seneca better than Gerry Sherlock."
"His performance extends well beyond his classroom endeavors. As an assistant track (and former cross-country coach) he is devoted to his student athletes. The time, effort and connections he creates on an extra-curricular level should be emulated by all educators."