Harold House, Terre Haute, has been named the 2012-13 Teacher of the Year at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center in Indianapolis. House has also been named among the 30 distinguished teachers at Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS). There are over 3,000 teachers employed by IPS.
House teaches special needs students and is assigned to the social studies department. In addition to his teaching duties, House serves as acting principal during the absence of the school administrator.
"Mr. House is energetic, enthusiastic, and has a deep sense of concern for the children he serves," House's principal Leon Kittrell said. "He is extremely talented in the classroom and is one of the most creative and innovative teachers I have ever observed. I have been honored to partner with him on numerous projects. He is an unselfish team player who always exemplifies professionalism."
House is a former municipal judge, and has served as the school liaison to juvenile court in Marion County.
"Harold House is a local educator of national prominence," said Gale Deppert, Marion County Superior Court Judge. His efforts have resulted in unprecedented alliances. He has aggressively undertaken the role of attempting to erase the extremely high dropout rate among minorities and troubled youth. He has also worked vigorously to reduce suspension and expulsions that affect minorities disproportionately. He often advises our judges about the academic concern for students and serves as their advocate."
Fellow teacher Robert Masbaum commented on House's demeanor and personality.
"Harold is a remarkable human being," said Masbaum. "To know him, is to love him. Harold is a maverick, a bridge builder and friend maker. He goes out of his way to meet and make friends immediately. Harold uses his gift of humor unlike anyone I have ever met. His smile and laughter are addicting and infectious. All of these traits contribute to his success with the students."
Whitney Snowden, the parent of two of House's students talked about House's dedication as a teacher.
"Harold House was the special education teacher for two of my children," Snowden said. "During the time he taught my children, Mr. House told them that once he teaches someone, he is their teacher for life. He went on to say that if anyone needed anything during their lifetime, to just