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SSD Honors 2019 Teacher of the Year

​Congratulations to Clarence Hines, an instructor in the Law Enforcement Program at North Technical High School, on being named SSD's 2019 Teacher of the Year. Leaders from SSD surprised him with the announcement on Feb. 4.

Hines has been a teacher at North Tech for seven years. He previously worked at the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department for 21 years in high-profile units including the Intelligence Division, Narcotics Division and Violent Crime Task Force.

Hines continues to serve the citizens of St. Louis as a volunteer police chaplain in addition to being a pastor and author.  

Hines believes that when students know teachers care, great things can happen.

“I want to teach and inspire to ensure that students are prepared for the next steps in their lives,” he said.

Hines is the co-sponsor at North Tech for the annual Constitution Project competition, a statewide competition in which students travel across the state and compete in areas related to the constitution including law enforcement, court trials and the media.

His students have been participating since 2014, and have earned numerous awards and student scholarships. In 2018, they received the following awards: Regional Championship, Student All-Star Team Selection, 5th Amendment Best Overall Trial Attorney Award, 4th Amendment Best Overall CSI Detective Award, and Best Overall CSI Team Award.

Ronda Wallace, assistant principal at North Tech, said Hines’s wealth of knowledge and his excitement benefits students as he creates a fun and innovative learning environment.

“Not only does he integrate continuous classroom improvement principles into his teaching practice, but he also has a classroom learning system that is completely driven by his students,” Wallace said.

Hines was selected as one of SSD’s 10 Key to the Classroom Award winners last month. The Key to the Classroom Award honors SSD’s top teachers for their creative approaches to student learning, innovative programming and commitment to student success.

Hines will represent SSD next year in the statewide competition for Missouri Regional Teacher of the Year, a program sponsored by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Published February 2019


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