LEO, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - As we get ready to start another new year, a Leo High School teacher is preparing for a new chapter in his life - retirement.
This veteran of the classroom is this month's Golden Apple Award winner.
Rita Osborne says, “I have to thank you for your many years of going above and beyond and for teaching, mentoring, guiding and shaping about every student who's graduated from Leo over the last 40 years - including me. Steve Gabet, you are this month's Golden Apple Award winner
Golden Apple Award winner Steve Gabet says, “Thank you... It's certainly an honor. It's a little bit ironic because I don't even think I'm the best teacher in my hallway let alone anyone else.”
He may be humble, but Steve Gabet is regarded by many at Leo High School as a hero of education.
Osborne says, “He is known for his mock elections with confetti and for jumping up on the desk and shouting to enhance the lesson.”
A former student, and now his co-worker, Rita Osborne wrote the nominating letter.
Osborne said, ”I was a student of his, my brother, my children... it's just exciting and his wife actually was a teacher for my own daughter in kindergarten at Harlan, too, so... it's just a neat family... really great.”
Mr. Gabet's wife is now a retired kindergarten teacher and he himself will retire from the high school at the end of the school year. He says for both of them, teaching is more than a job. It’s a passion.
Gabet says, “We both taught in the same school system, so she would get 'em coming and I would get 'em going at the end of their career and we both taught many of the same kids.”
Mr. Gabet's list of accomplishments is far too long to fit in this short story: 40 years of teaching, ten years as a state legislator and forever a mentor to countless young people. We thank him for making such a big difference in our corner of the world.
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