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Mr. Shimek was hired at Brillion Middle School 16 years ago.
Mr. Shimek is an extremely versatile teacher.
Throughout the years, he has taught social studies, science,
reading, English, health, and finally math. Mr. Shimek understands
that teaching is much more than planning lessons and standing up in
front of the class showing kids what to do on the board.
Teaching is forming great relationships with kids so th
ey want to learn… It's teaching content while also teaching kids
compassion and respect for others… It's understanding when a
student has had a rough night at home and didn't get their homework
done. Mr. Shimek's professional teaching practice
encompasses all of these traits.
Mr. Shimek also provides engaging learning experiences for our
middle school students. 16 years ago, it was Mr. Shimek's
idea to take our students to an outdoor environmental camp.
Since that time, we have been taking 7th graders to Camp
U-Nah-Li-Ya for this great 3-day experience.
Mr. Shimek and Mr. Schwantes also recently developed a miniature
golf course STEM unit the 7th graders participate in in which each
7th grader partners up to design and build a themed miniature golf
course hole according to certain specifications and a budget.
This unit culminates in the spring with all of the golf course
holes set up in the gym for parents, grandparents, students, and
community members to play and enjoy. It's awesome to see the
pride on the students faces when you play their golf hole that they
designed and built.
Not only does Mr. Shimek teach during the school day, but for much
of the school year, Mr. Shimek coaches. Being head coach of
boys basketball and baseball keeps him busy because not only does
he coach his teams, but he helps organize and provide many
basketball and baseball experiences for the youth in the community.
Mr. Shimek is a great, positive role model for our youth and truly
deserves this honor from the Chamber.
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