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Thursday, October 08, 2015

Campbell, Hannigan Named World's Greatest Teachers of the Year

Teachers Named "World's Greatest Teachers of the Year"
An independent educational website has named James Logan Language Arts Teachers Tim Campbell and Patrick Hannigan the "World's Greatest English Teachers of 2013."

The website, nominated for a 2007 Weblog award, chose Campbell and Hannigan for "their outstanding achievements in Language Arts education," according to the website.

This is the 10th straight year they have won the prestigious award.

The duo earned specific praise for their work in bringing California Standards-based lessons to their classrooms, developing innovative and engaging lessons for the play "Cyrano de Bergerac," the novel "Lord of the Flies" and the seminal satrical political fable, "Animal Farm," and for their revolutionary "outside reading" program known as "TIES," or Thematic Investigation, Exposition and Synthesis, which guides students through a variety of "bundles," which are groups of thematically related books, articles, websites and films, before prompting them to produce a variety of materials in response.

"We love the books we teach and the students to whom we teach them," said Educator Tim Campbell. "I particularly like Animal Farm, which contains many important lessons for students, such as the part in which Napoleon aggrandizes himself by awarding himself medals and the like."

Hannigan said he was grateful for the award and the recognition it brings. "It would be false modesty to say we didn't deserve this award. We've worked very hard on the behalf of our students. It's all about them. They are the future of the world. Right now, though, Mr. Campbell and I are the present. We are a gift we give to our students."

Students seem to appreciate that gift. In an essay written for Mr. Hannigan, one student said "Mr. Hannigan's intellectual ideas have greatly influenced all people."

The student, who cannot be identified because of state law, said his "family moved to Union City just so [the student} could be one of the students of the Almighty Hannigan."

Similar comments have been made by students about Campbell, who has also been named the James Logan High School Teacher of the Year.

The website,, cited statistics that prove, through scientific analysis, that Campbell and Hannigan's students get higher grades in both high school and college, earn more after they graduate, are more popular with their peers and have lower lung cancer and colon cancer rates than their counterparts. Their mates report higher levels of satisfaction, as well.

Educational expert Fred Jedder praised Campbell and Hannigan, saying that "the educational community would do well to submit to their leadership and give up resisting the inevitable conquest of the exhausted pedagogies."

Prince Felatu, ruler of the island nation of Tatua, said he would grant Campbell and Hannigan hereditary titles of Lords of the Realm of Tatua, and ordain them as bishops in the Church of Tatua.


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