JOPLIN, MO.--- This year Governor Jay Nixon is focusing on improving education in Missouri. At his State of the State Address he highlighted one teacher at Joplin High School that exemplifies the importance of teachers.
"I think I have the best job in the world," said Tobin Schultz, Joplin High School Teacher.
This year Missouri Governor Jay Nixon honored Tobin Schultz, a Joplin High School teacher, at his State of the State Address while highlighting the importance of great teachers and education for all students.
"I greatly respect and applaud Governor Nixon for his focus on education this year. I know that he wants to fully fund the foundation formula, which is tremendous for schools, a huge increase in the money being spent on public education," said Schultz.
Schultz helped implement a national program called "Link Crew" in the Joplin School District. This program helps freshman transition into high school.
"Everybody needs someone to push them to reach their full potential and I think that teachers really fill that role," said Schultz.
Last fall, Schultz was one of nine teachers in the nation to win the Milken Educator Award. The Milken Foundation is a national organization that advances education and every year they award teachers across the nation.
"He pays attention to his kids, not just academically, but he knows when something is wrong and he knows where to take them and what to do to help them," said Samantha Nicodemus, JHS Senior.
"He's a good role model for me and being humble with everything that he does and taking care of his students is definitely something I look to in doing in my life," said Tate Simmons, JHS Senior.
"I think that he has a rare ability to work with kids of different backgrounds and different ability levels. Sometimes that's difficult and he's able to do that all within the same class," said Dr. Kerry Sachetta, Joplin High School Principal.
"Sometimes what they want most in the long run, isn't something they want right now, so trying to push them towards reaching and achieving their long term goals is really something that I have viewed important," said Schultz..