ORIGINALLY WRITTEN CYNTHIA MARTENS
Jim Robb, U.S. history and American government teacher at Hillsboro High School, “presents material like Paul Harvey does the news,” said Principal Dale Honeck. “He gives (students) the rest of the story, which is often the most interesting.”
Robb was recently awarded the “Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year” for the Newton Wal-Mart Store, and HHS received a check from Wal-Mart for $500.
The money is from the National Wal-Mart Foundation, and Robb will decide how the money should be used at the high school, Honeck said.
“Stores all over the United States participate in this,” he said.
Wal-Mart establishes three criteria for the awards: teacher effectiveness, teacher excellence and community involvement.
The Newton Wal-Mart “had a box in the store, and people dropped in teacher’s names who they believed should win and why,” Honeck said. “They said, ‘From what the people put in, he seemed the most worthy of the award.'”
“I was shocked and pleased,” Robb said about receiving the award. “It wasn’t something that I had gone out and sought, so it was a very rewarding kind of feeling.”
He said he hopes to use the money to attend a curriculum workshop called “History Alive” and buy materials for his classes at the seminar.
Honeck said Robb is well thought of at HHS.
“He explains things, he helps students make connections between book learning and real life, he reinforces their ideas, and he’s very encouraging,” Honeck said. “He just does all the good things, right.”