Last updated: May 07. 2014 10:25PM - 872 Views
By Michael Ullery



Piqua High School science teacher Heath Butler reacts to the announcement that he has been named 2014 Teacher of the Year for Piqua City Schools. Superintendent Rick Hanes, right, surprised Butler in his classroom on Wednesday morning.
Piqua High School science teacher Heath Butler reacts to the announcement that he has been named 2014 Teacher of the Year for Piqua City Schools. Superintendent Rick Hanes, right, surprised Butler in his classroom on Wednesday morning.
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PIQUA — Heath Butler, science teacher at Piqua High School, has been named the 2014-15 Piqua City Schools Teacher of the Year. He was presented the title at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday by Superintendent Rick Hanes and 2013-14 Teacher of the Year Kim Didier.


Nominated by his peers, fellow staff members had the following comments: “Heath Butler challenges and engages students of all abilities. He always has new and innovative lab activities to allow all students to succeed. He always has a positive attitude towards the students and staff. Heath is a great leader in the classroom and is always willing to help his fellow teachers and colleagues.” “Heath Butler is more than deserving of this honor.” “Mr. Butler has a niche when it comes to getting through to students. He finds creative ways to make them active learners. He searches for ways to intrigue them to give their all.”


Butler is creative and innovative in the classroom, finding ways to motivate, inspire and reach all students. In the words of his students, “Mr. Butler keeps students captivated with learning,” “Mr. Butler is my favorite teacher and he has inspired me to become a better student,” “I love his teaching style, he relates to the students not as a whole, but individually” and “Mr. Butler make biology enjoyable, he makes the information easier to comprehend and allows his students to learn in fun ways.”


Butler began working for the Piqua City School District in August 2005. In addition to teaching Life Science and Biology, he is an assistant football coach and head basketball coach.


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