When students, faculty, and staff were called down to the St. James Event Center for a special assembly only four people in the entire district knew what the assembly was about. When the big secret was finally revealed the new space at the school was filled with cheers as Health and Physical Education Teacher Steve Chapin was named the 2018 WEM Outstanding Educator Award for Teacher Achievement.

When students, faculty, and staff were called down to the St. James Event Center for a special assembly only four people in the entire district knew what the assembly was about. When the big secret was finally revealed the new space at the school was filled with cheers as Health and Physical Education Teacher Steve Chapin was named the 2018 WEM Outstanding Educator Award for Teacher Achievement.

Even though Chapin had known that he had been nominated for the award because he had to do different things during the application he said that he nor his wife or two children had any idea that he had won.

To be in the running for the award, Chapin had to be first nominated. The nomination came from St. James Food Service Director Abby Grove who has worked closely with Chapin on a program that is exclusive to St. James where 10th-grade Health Students work with the Food Service Program to learn about preparing and serving school lunches along with the different factors that go into picking what to serve.

"This has shown immense benefits including student ownership, working with food service professionals and real-world experiential learning,” said Chapin in a press release.

Because of his commitment to hands-on learning Grove decided to make the nomination. “I nominated Mr. Chapin because of his enthusiasm for teaching and his willingness to go above and beyond for the kids. It's more than teaching; he truly cares about the students."

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