David Luebke named Lincoln-Way Central Teacher of the Year Thursday, June 14, 2012
David Luebke, Special Services teacher, was named Teacher of the Year for Lincoln-Way Central.
"Lincoln-Way District 210 talks about going that extra mile to improve student achievement, Dave Luebke is that teacher. He received this award because of his commitment to students," stated Dr. Steve Provis, principal.
Dave was surprised with the announcement of the award during the faculty meeting on the last day of school, May 30. Every year, Lincoln-Way Central administrators invite teachers to nominate a colleague who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help students succeed.
Dave is very involved in the school's student credit recovery program. The program was designed by associate principal Tom Denny, to help students who fall behind in their credits to be able to graduate from high school.
"A student has to have a high school diploma to get a job, support themselves and a future family," stated Luebke.
Students who need extra help to earn their credits are told they can come in before school for tutoring , that's where Luebke was key, said Provis. Class room teachers are made aware of the students that are in jeopardy of not graduating on time so they can offer extra help and closely monitor progress.
Luebke acknowledged when he received the award, he "really does appreciate my colleagues and administration's confidence in me, but I believe one teacher can only make a minimal difference. It's about the kids - a team approach, it's not about one teacher. It is our team at Central which helps students excel and achieve their potential."
Dave has worked for Lincoln-Way for the past 12 years as a special education teacher and coach. He was a wrestling coach for 10 years and a football coach for 2 years. He also serves as a dean at Central. He received his Bachelor of Science in special education from Illinois State University, and his Masters in education administration from Governors State University.
As Teacher of the Year, Luebke will have his picture permanently displayed in Central's library.
"My favorite part of teaching is working with kids that need extra help, then seeing them be successful," stated Luebke.
Luebke added that one doesn't become a teacher or coach for themselves, "you do it for the kids. The high school diploma gives a kid a chance."