"Patrick is a multidimensional teacher"

Patrick McGuire, 5th Grade Math and Science Teacher, Finneytown Local Schools


The following testimonial was shared by Finneytown Local Schools in selecting Patrick McGuire as a 2015 Celebrate Teaching Distinguished Educator.

Patrick McGuire is a multidimensional teacher who has had a significant impact on his students, colleagues, and community. His value-added growth is in the highest category year after year, as is his MAP growth, but that is only a small indicator of his success. Although his test scores are excellent, they pale in comparison to his ability to develop students socially and emotionally. In the long run, that is the greatest gift he gives to his students.

Patrick inspires his students to achieve excellence in the classroom and also to be caring people. He creates a classroom climate where all students feel respected and valued. It does not matter which students Patrick receives each year. He has the ability to motivate students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn. He finds out what matters to each student and makes meaningful connections with every student. He helps them set short and long term goals and guides them in meaningful ways toward reaching these goals. 

Despite having a wide range of needs and abilities in his classroom, Patrick meets students where they are and helps them grow academically and personally. Finding the good in every student, he submits positive behavior referrals on all of his students within the first few weeks of school and has yet to submit an office referral for a negative behavior. Instead, he models compassion and respect for his students and effectively teaches them to make better choices. Patrick’s classroom is a family and he teaches his students to get along with one another as they will have to do in life.