TRUMBULL COUNTY Teacher of the Year to speak in Valley

He retired from a 25-year military career in 1999.
CORTLAND -- Chauncy Veatch, 2002 National Teacher of the Year, will speak to Trumbull County educators at 9 a.m. Aug. 23 in the Lakeview High School Auditorium.
Veatch, a former U.S. Army colonel, teaches at the nearly 3,000-student Coachella Valley High School near Palm Springs, Calif.
In 1999, he retired from a 25-year military career as a medical administrator and followed the advice of a brother and sister, who were both teachers, to begin a second career as a teacher. The middle school where he started teaching had lost half its teachers during the previous year.
Veatch said he was hired simply because he was a college graduate and he was breathing.
Hometown district
He now teaches in the high school of his hometown district where nearly 99 percent of the school's students are Hispanic and qualify for free and reduced cost lunch because of limited family income.
The average level of education of parents in the district does not exceed third grade. Veatch learned Spanish after he started teaching and is now fluent.
In the classroom, he uses Spanish to show respect and to communicate with his students.
In 2002, Veatch was selected as Teacher of the Year by a 15-member committee representing national education organizations. He spent a year speaking at public events and writing about education issues.
The Trumbull County Educational Service Center is sponsoring this event to kick off the 2004-05 school year. There is no charge for attending this session. Reservations should be made by calling Debi Patchin, secretary, at (330) 675-2800, Ext. 118.

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