October's Quill Educator of the Month
By Josh Cohen
October 15, 2013
ATLAMONTE SPRINGS -- “Mr. Sherman is the best teacher!” one student shouted.
“This is awesome!” another student hollered.
It was an exciting day on Tuesday, Oct. 15 for Adam Sherman, an English and Leadership teacher at Lake Brantley High School.
Not only was he named Educator of the Month for his devotion to his students’ academic growth and success, Sherman learned of the honor at the same time his fourth period class did.
A well-deserved break – if you will – from the customary school day, Sherman and his students got the opportunity to celebrate his remarkable accomplishment with some very special guests when members of the Orlando Magic, including Community Ambassadors Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw, and Quill surprised them all with an unannounced visit.
“This is actually kind of overwhelming because I had no idea this was coming,” Sherman said with a huge smile. “It’s really remarkable. The most important part is that they (Magic and Quill) provided for my students. As an educator, that’s what we care about the most. I’m very appreciative of that.”
“I try to put myself in my students shoes every day,” added Sherman, who has been teaching at Lake Brantley for six years. “Nothing can really top the Magic coming in unannounced like this. It’s great for my students to be a part of it.”
It’s the beginning of a season-long education initiative in which the Magic and Quill will tribute six educators from six counties – Seminole, Orange, Osceola, Brevard and Polk – and award each of them with $500 to spend on school supplies. Each winner will also be rewarded with tickets to upcoming Magic home games.
At the end of the season, all six of the Educators of the Month will be entered as a finalist to be named Quill Educator of the Year.
“I’m a huge Adam fan and I’m a huge Magic fan,” said Pat Bates, Mayor of Altamonte Springs. “I have a strong passion for the school and I am thrilled with this. It’s so nice to have something refreshing and powerful like this. I appreciate the Magic immensely.”
“Doing something like this encourages everybody,” she added. We can’t do enough of this for our teachers.”
The Magic have been involved with academic and community projects at Lake Brantley in the past. A few years ago, members of the Magic attended a pep rally at the school to help raise money for a student who had terminal cancer.