Under the pretense of an emergency staff meeting, Homestead High School French teacher Marius Sagnon gathered with his colleagues this morning only to learn they were there for a celebration.
Superintendent Phil Downs announced Sagnon was the Southwest Allen County Schools’ Teacher of the Year. The award honors, promotes and celebrates excellence in the teaching profession.
“I am humbled and honored by this award,” Sagnon said in a statement.
Candidates were nominated by principals, and finalists were chosen by a committee of administrators, parents and past recipients, according to a news release.
Sagnon was nominated because of the talent, dedication and passion he brings to Homestead’s staff, his classroom and each student, Principal Park Ginder said, describing Sagnon as a game changer.
"The support he extends to his students reaches far beyond the classroom walls," Ginder said in a statement. "At athletics one night, a play the next, a musical on the weekend, Sagnon tells his students he will be there, and he is there!"
Sagnon, who is from Africa, joined SACS five years ago. He previously taught for 15 years in Burkina Faso, a country in western Africa, the release said.