Tavish Whiting, a social studies teacher at Lee’s Summit North High School, received the Missouri Veterans of Foreign Wars High School Teacher of the Year Award during a June 9 ceremony in Springfield.
Besides his teaching duties, Whiting coordinates R-7 Votes, a mock election conducted in all district schools during presidential election campaigns. Earlier this year, he had been chosen High School Teacher of the Year by both the VFW Post 5789 of Lee’s Summit and the VFW District 5.
Whiting has worked for the Lee’s Summit district for 22 years. At Lee’s Summit North, he teaches American government, comparative government, contemporary issues and economics. He was a member of the curriculum writing team for those courses, helped write the state-mandated constitution exams and has been actively involved in The Missouri Bar Education Program.
Whiting was praised for his leadership, teaching style and passion for his subject.
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“He is willing to continuously work for his students and to set an example for the staff he works alongside,” stated the nomination form. “He is an exceptional role model.”