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BFUHS's Divis Named Teacher Of The Year

At the ceremony last week, Divis thanked his students "who inspire him everyday, and are the reason I work so hard and put so much time and effort into my class every single day."

He also thanked his parents, who traveled from Ohio to be with him.

"My parents have had the strongest impact on me becoming a teacher," Divis added. "My mother was a teacher for 30 years and what really inspired me was her former students still coming up to her in public years later and thanking her for helping them becoming the people they were today.

"Those moments moved me and I knew then what the power of education could be. I was also inspired by my college professor and advisor at Miami University, Dr. Michael Fuller. He helped mold me into the teacher that I am today."

Divis will continue to teach full time during this year, and also coach the girls' varsity tennis team as well as the school's Scholars' Bowl team.

He will also make himself available for speaking engagements and content consultations in his area of expertise when possible.

"BFUHS is a great school, with amazing students and dedicated teachers. I love the positive energy and devotion of the staff that makes you want to come to school every day and do your best to reach each and every student," Divis concluded.

"The students are so talented. I have had many classes where my students have pushed me to challenge them and to come up with new and exciting lessons to inspire them, and their motivation to learn has been influential in my teaching ability.

"Also, the support of my principal, Mr. Hodsden, and superintendent, Mrs. Harpster, has been endless."

Suzanne Groenewold also contributed information to this article.

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