March 2014 Winner: Jason Guyer - West Delaware High School
Jason Guyer, or just simply Guyer to his students, is not your everyday stand in front of the class room teacher. Guyer is much more than that. He gets his students involved in learning. Guyer teaches Automotive Technology along with other technical classes at West Delaware High School in Manchester, Iowa. His classes involve much more than just sitting in a desk and taking notes or scribbling on quizzes and tests. We spend about ninety percent of our time out in the shop learning first hand. He took a kid like me who knew next to nothing about servicing a vehicle, but could tell you the science and ideal air to fuel ratio of an internal combustion engine, and taught me the practical side. He can't only teach the traditional students who can learn from lecture, but he can take the kids who have no interest in school and make them want to come to his class, and also pass their other classes.
Guyer isn't only there during the hours of eight to three for his students. If one has project they want to work, in the winter months it tends to be a snowmobile or two, he will take the effort to show up to the school shop and help the student reach their goal. It's no mystery Guyer not only loves his job, but the students he teaches as well. Guyer is also a good teacher for life lessons, something lacking in today's society. He is a strong believer in owning up to your mistakes, and making them right. He also encourages a clean and organized life, just take a look at his shop some time. If a student is having a personal issue or academic issue he'll take the time to help them through in the most successful way for the student. Guyer is truly an A+ educator.
Nominated by: Jacob Lindauer