SARASOTA (WWSB) - ABC7 is teaming up with Gettel Automotive to celebrate teachers in our community – we’re calling them Chalkboard Champions.
We ask the community to nominate a teacher and then we select two winners for Sarasota and Manatee County each month.
We head to Venice for January's Sarasota County Chalkboard Champion.
ABC7′s Jacqueline Matter takes us to Venice High School to meet physics teacher Steven Case.
After nearly two decades, Steven Case was surprised to be rewarded for doing a job he loves.
The Venice High School teacher making a difficult subject easy to understand, by connecting what he teaches in the classroom to real life so his students quickly catch on.
“I feel that if the kids can get hands-on with the material it’s easier to understand and remember,” said Case.
It seems to be paying off.
Matthew Lukowski says because of Mr. Case, "It's the only class I actually want to do the homework in."
Mr. Case usually does weekly labs, which takes preparation and time, but he strives to helps his students learn.
"He finds ways to apply it and make it meaningful and relevant to his students," said Venice High School Principal Eric Jackson.
It’s not always easy. Finances can be hard to come by, but Mr. Case says he is innovative when it comes to finding resources.
"You just have to be creative," Case said. "The kids understand our limitations and are willing to work around those things."
At the end of the day, what makes him continue the fight to be a chalkboard champion, "The AH-HA moment! When you show them something and they're like wow that's amazing and you show them what it is and they understand how it works," Case said.
"That's what's really awesome."
If you’re interested in nominating a teacher from Sarasota or Manatee County, click here.