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Mr. Kotter
04-30-2010, 11:45 AM
I was served a great big serving of humility today.... I was honored today, totally unexpectedly: I was honored as our school's "teacher of the year." In a school of 2100, with a staff of 130...it's something I'd never seriously thought about (despite a runner-up finish in a different sort of statewide competition a few years back--one base more on scholarship; this award is totally different...voted on by teachers, staff, parents, and students.)

:eek:

I honestly don't mean this to toot my own horn, because I was honestly dumbstruck. In case you hadn't noticed, I have a penchant for ruffling feathers and speaking my mind, which inevitably leads to ticking some folks off....

Honestly, this is the kind thing I never really expected. To me, it's "political" enough and enough of a popularity contest of sorts....that a loose-cannon like me isn't going to be among the first to be considered. Anyway, I was really surprised.

But tonight, I'll have to hoist a few in celebration. Have a good weekend folks. :toast:

Mr. Flopnuts
04-30-2010, 11:46 AM
Congrats. That's no small feat.

Brainiac
04-30-2010, 11:47 AM
Congratulations. I often disagree with your political takes, but you're obviously doing something right in real life.

That's a huge honor.

ziggysocki
04-30-2010, 11:47 AM
Grats! An award from your peers and those you serve is definitely most rewarding! Congrats again Mr. Kotter!

BigRedChief
04-30-2010, 11:48 AM
Very cool Mr. Kotter! :thumb:

Chris Meck
04-30-2010, 11:49 AM
congratulations! You're doing a great job at one of the most very important jobs there is. Well done!

Rooster
04-30-2010, 11:49 AM
Congrats.. :)

burt
04-30-2010, 11:50 AM
Congrats. That's no small feat.

and no small shoes! JK, Congrats Kotter!

salame
04-30-2010, 11:52 AM
congrats man
http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/unc/sports/m-footbl/auto_action/2514179.jpeg

Simply Red
04-30-2010, 11:53 AM
I was served a great big serving of humility today.... I was honored today, totally unexpectedly: I was honored as our school's "teacher of the year." In a school of 2100, with a staff of 130...it's something I'd never seriously thought about (despite a runner-up finish in a different sort of statewide competition a few years back--one base more on scholarship; this award is totally different...voted on by teachers, staff, parents, and students.)

:eek:

I honestly don't mean this to toot my own horn, because I was honestly dumbstruck. In case you hadn't noticed, I have a penchant for ruffling feathers and speaking my mind, which inevitably leads to ticking some folks off....

Honestly, this is the kind thing I never really expected. To me, it's "political" enough and enough of a popularity contest of sorts....that a loose-cannon like me isn't going to be among the first to be considered. Probably rode Tami's coat-tails to some extent, heh. Anyway, I was really surprised.

But tonight, I'll have to hoist a few in celebration. Have a good weekend folks. :toast:



nice work, kotter.

|Zach|
04-30-2010, 11:54 AM
Cool man!

CoMoChief
04-30-2010, 11:54 AM
Congrats

Renegade
04-30-2010, 11:58 AM
Congrats Mr. Kotter. I know how hard teaching is as my wife is one. I have great respect for the job that you do.

Dayze
04-30-2010, 12:02 PM
Congrats dude.

TrebMaxx
04-30-2010, 12:15 PM
That's cool Mr. Kotter, congrats. Does Skip know about this?

teedubya
04-30-2010, 12:22 PM
This is awesome. Or scary that you are the best teacher at your school. :-)

Saulbadguy
04-30-2010, 12:23 PM
GRATS TEACH!

CosmicPal
04-30-2010, 12:28 PM
Congratulations- good teachers are always rewarded in so many ways. :thumb:

'Hamas' Jenkins
04-30-2010, 12:38 PM
That's awesome. I'm very happy for you.

Obviously, Taco John was right. It's a shame that a government teacher such as yourself knows nothing about government.

In fact, you know so little you were awarded teacher of the year.

Mr. Kotter
04-30-2010, 12:41 PM
That's awesome. I'm very happy for you.

Obviously, Taco John was right. It's a shame that a government teacher such as yourself knows nothing about government.

In fact, you know so little you were awarded teacher of the year.


Yeah, that was one of my first 10 or 20 thoughts, heh. LMAO

Crush
04-30-2010, 12:44 PM
Congrats!!!

Slainte
04-30-2010, 12:46 PM
And I will drink with ye in spirit tonight!...

Seriously, man--Congratulations!

And I hope everyone who shit-talked you in DC joins me in offering some well-earned kudos...

stumppy
04-30-2010, 12:47 PM
Congrats Kotter.

Mr. Plow
04-30-2010, 12:47 PM
Congrats man. Obviously, you do good work. Keep it up.

bevischief
04-30-2010, 12:48 PM
Congrats

Rain Man
04-30-2010, 12:49 PM
Congratulations! That's a great honor, and the school is fortunate to have a teacher like you who knows how to copy and forge voting ballots. And teach well on top of it.

This deserves a song.

Welcome back, your dreams were your ticket out
Welcome back, to that same old place that you laughed about
Well the names have all changed since you hung around
But those dreams have remained and they've turned around
Who'd have thought they'd lead ya
(who'd have thought they'd lead ya)
Back here where we need ya
(back here where we need ya)
Yeah we tease him a lot cause we got him on the spot
Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back, welcome back
Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back

Reaper16
04-30-2010, 01:06 PM
:clap:

DaFace
04-30-2010, 01:09 PM
Congrats, dude.

Jethopper
04-30-2010, 01:11 PM
nice

BigCatDaddy
04-30-2010, 01:13 PM
I'm dumbstruck also.

Fritz88
04-30-2010, 01:14 PM
nice

Gonzo
04-30-2010, 01:25 PM
Good job man.
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Pushead2
04-30-2010, 01:27 PM
Congrats!!!

BigRedChief
04-30-2010, 01:29 PM
That's awesome. I'm very happy for you.

Obviously, Taco John was right. It's a shame that a government teacher such as yourself knows nothing about government.

In fact, you know so little you were awarded teacher of the year.
ROFLhttp://image3.examiner.com/images/blog/EXID13950/images/slam(2).jpg

Mr. Kotter
04-30-2010, 01:56 PM
Thanks for the expressions of support.

I'm still pretty suprised, given that I'm one who tends to rock the boat. But I'll take it. :thumb:

Hydrae
04-30-2010, 02:17 PM
It is always nice to have positive feedback on the job you do. It doesn't get much more positive than that!

Grats, teach! :toast: :thumb:

EWOK
04-30-2010, 02:26 PM
Congrats!!!!! It takes a special person to become a teacher. Keep up the good fight!

Earthling
04-30-2010, 03:24 PM
Way cool! Grats!!

Kyle DeLexus
04-30-2010, 03:30 PM
Nicely done.

Count Zarth
04-30-2010, 03:30 PM
Lick my balls.

Sully
04-30-2010, 03:41 PM
Congrats!
That's gotta feel great!

Sure-Oz
04-30-2010, 03:42 PM
Very Cool, My uncle has gotten teacher of the year and he felt the same way, people notice good things.

fan4ever
04-30-2010, 03:47 PM
That both impresses and scares the crap out of me.

Congrats.

go bowe
04-30-2010, 04:08 PM
far out, dude...

you have done us proud, rob...

and just like we say to the men and women who serve in the military, thank you for your service...

it is a great responsibility to be entrusted with the development of young minds...

and you have obviously done a great job...

keep up the good work...

Jenson71
04-30-2010, 04:10 PM
I think we're all pretty dumbstruck.

But you know, once you've been there long enough, you're pretty much obligated to get it.



Nice job, Mr. Kotter.

But I don't think "humility" is what you got today. Humility is like when I look down at a paper I had written for a class and it says C- on it and then I realize I'm not so smart after all.

DaneMcCloud
04-30-2010, 04:16 PM
Congrats for making the world a better place!

:thumb:

fan4ever
04-30-2010, 04:35 PM
Humility is like when I look down at a paper I had written for a class and it says C- on it and then I realize I'm not so smart after all.

That's not humility; that's reality.



Sorry; couldn't resist Jenson. You just laid it out there.

Hog Farmer
04-30-2010, 04:41 PM
Don't listen to these guys.

You suck !

























Not really. Congratulations!

CrazyPhuD
04-30-2010, 04:47 PM
Congrats man!

I wonder if skip called and put in a good word for you?

Extra Point
04-30-2010, 05:46 PM
Hope your wife gives you a gold star.

Mr. Kotter
04-30-2010, 07:03 PM
Hope your wife gives you a gold star.

I'll keep you posted.... LMAO

Mr. Kotter
04-30-2010, 07:07 PM
I think we're all pretty dumbstruck.

But you know, once you've been there long enough, you're pretty much obligated to get it.



Nice job, Mr. Kotter.

But I don't think "humility" is what you got today. Humility is like when I look down at a paper I had written for a class and it says C- on it and then I realize I'm not so smart after all.

In our district...this particular award usually goes to one of two people: people nearing retirement, or total brown-nosers. I'm neither. Which is why I was dumbstruck.

There are at least 20-30 other folks that, in my mind, are as or more deserving. THAT is what I mean by humility. It's not the first definition; but it is in the sense of the relativity to others whom I respect.

2 : reflecting, expressing, or offered in a spirit of deference or submission (to my equally deserving colleagues.)

Delano
04-30-2010, 07:16 PM
You at Warshington, Kot-stuff?
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Mr. Kotter
04-30-2010, 07:18 PM
You at Warshington, Kot-stuff?
Posted via Mobile DeviceYeppers.

Delano
04-30-2010, 07:21 PM
Yeppers.

Cool, congratulations.
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Mr. Kotter
04-30-2010, 07:22 PM
Cool, congratulations.
Posted via Mobile DeviceThanks. :thumb:

Delano
04-30-2010, 07:24 PM
Thanks. :thumb:

I'll be the guy at your party with the "I'm a Kotter mult" name tag.
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Marcellus
04-30-2010, 07:27 PM
I was served a great big serving of humility today.... I was honored today, totally unexpectedly: I was honored as our school's "teacher of the year." In a school of 2100, with a staff of 130...it's something I'd never seriously thought about (despite a runner-up finish in a different sort of statewide competition a few years back--one base more on scholarship; this award is totally different...voted on by teachers, staff, parents, and students.)

:eek:

I honestly don't mean this to toot my own horn, because I was honestly dumbstruck. In case you hadn't noticed, I have a penchant for ruffling feathers and speaking my mind, which inevitably leads to ticking some folks off....

Honestly, this is the kind thing I never really expected. To me, it's "political" enough and enough of a popularity contest of sorts....that a loose-cannon like me isn't going to be among the first to be considered. Anyway, I was really surprised.

But tonight, I'll have to hoist a few in celebration. Have a good weekend folks. :toast:
:clap:

KCChiefsMan
04-30-2010, 07:28 PM
congrats man! Maybe you are one of the few good teachers still out there.

Ebolapox
04-30-2010, 07:42 PM
very cool, man.

in other news, the thread title almost looked like 'total dumbfuck.'

Dave Lane
04-30-2010, 08:11 PM
Nice job Mr. Kotter :)

Mr. Kotter
04-30-2010, 10:47 PM
in other news, the thread title almost looked like 'total dumb****.'

LMAO

Nice job Mr. Kotter :)

Thanks, Dave.

congrats man! Maybe you are one of the few good teachers still out there.

Well, perhaps it's from MY perspective....but I'd suggest there are many more GOOD teachers than the critics would like to believe; yes, still far too many bad ones....but it's not nearly as bleak as some would believe.

MoreLemonPledge
04-30-2010, 10:49 PM
grats

Jenson71
04-30-2010, 11:35 PM
In our district...this particular award usually goes to one of two people: people nearing retirement, or total brown-nosers. I'm neither. Which is why I was dumbstruck.

There are at least 20-30 other folks that, in my mind, are as or more deserving. THAT is what I mean by humility. It's not the first definition; but it is in the sense of the relativity to others whom I respect.

2 : reflecting, expressing, or offered in a spirit of deference or submission (to my equally deserving colleagues.)

Just so you know, I hope you know I was just giving you a hard time with those comments.

listopencil
05-01-2010, 12:33 AM
Gratz.

Coach
05-01-2010, 02:47 AM
Congrats.

milkman
05-01-2010, 07:57 AM
They didn't vote for you.

They voted for one of your alter egos.

threebag02
05-01-2010, 08:32 AM
Way to go kotter if you had been trying you would have fell short. I raise a beer to you and drink to celebrate your new found glory.

Mr. Kotter
05-01-2010, 09:55 AM
Just so you know, I hope you know I was just giving you a hard time with those comments.

I figured; however, I just wanted to clarify....for others who, perhaps, were more narrow in their idea of humility.

Way to go kotter if you had been trying you would have fell short. I raise a beer to you and drink to celebrate your new found glory.

Probably true. :toast:



Thanks to all the well-wishers and congrats. I appreciate it. :thumb:

LetsSignRussell
05-01-2010, 10:00 AM
great things come to those who work hard- keeping a stout heart at all times.

Mr. Kotter
05-03-2010, 09:24 AM
Wow. Thanks for all the congrats and well wishes over the weekend.

I appreciate it. :toast:

Rausch
05-03-2010, 09:27 AM
I was served a great big serving of humility today.... I was honored today, totally unexpectedly: I was honored as our school's "teacher of the year."

http://got-fruit.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/officespace-lawrence-02-thumb.jpg

Lono
05-03-2010, 10:17 AM
Congrats man, nice award to get.

tooge
05-03-2010, 10:21 AM
awesome man. Skip Towne must have called in a recommendation for ya.

RedNFeisty
05-03-2010, 10:46 AM
Well Mr. Kotter, you are obviously doing something right. Keep up the great work!!

Old Dog
05-03-2010, 11:25 AM
Congratulations and Thank You for what you do

Valiant
05-03-2010, 11:34 AM
Awesome for you..

Halfcan
05-03-2010, 03:58 PM
Congrats!!!

Simply Red
05-03-2010, 04:10 PM
So Kotter, do you ever carry over any of your habits from HERE over to THERE? I mean, ever shown up for class posing as a substitute, or something?

Mr. Kotter
05-03-2010, 07:49 PM
So Kotter, do you ever carry over any of your habits from HERE over to THERE? I mean, ever shown up for class posing as a substitute, or something?

Not unless it's above board, the other teach is game, and we make a swap or something like that. Once in awhile something like that, yeah. This place is an escape for me. Some still ain't figured out what that means, I guess; most seem to get it though.

MahiMike
05-03-2010, 07:52 PM
Congratulations and Welcome Back!:toast: