The Northview Marching Knights Band is renown for its talent. Some say it has a lot to do with the instructor. His talents in the classroom have convinced officials in the Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year contest that his outstanding performance throughout the school year is deserving of special recognition.
Bob Medworth earned the Brazil Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year Award. Russ Long, store manager, presented him with his blue Wal-Mart greeters vest with "Wal-Mart 2003 Teacher of the Year" written on the front next to a design of an apple and a pencil Tuesday. The school received a check for $1,000 in honor of the award-winner.
"It's not surprising to me that Bob Medworth is receiving this award," said Principal Ken Wallace. "He is truly a master teacher."
The band instructor has taught at Northview for 26 years. Wallace pointed out that while this is his first year at the high school, it didn't take him long to realize Medworth was a master at his job.
"Without Bob Medworth, we wouldn't have the type of band we have," Wallace said.
The students agree. Long reported receiving several ballots in Medworth's favor from students who thought well of their teacher. Those stood out among the rest.
A sample ballot from Char Chamberlain describes Medworth as a "gentleman of great character and compassion for kids." Chamberlain goes on to credit the teacher and head varsity girls' coach with turning the girls' basketball program around this season, stressing also that the first class band under his direction makes the community proud.
Medworth now has a shot at the statewide competition, where he could get the school $5,000 if he wins at that level. The national winner, to be announced during American Education Week in November, will receive a $10,000 check for his/her school.
"I'm very honored," said Medworth as many of his students watched. "The nomination is very nice, very humbling."