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IMSA President Inspires New Teachers at 45th Annual Welcome Breakfast

IMSA President Dr. Glenn “Max” McGee took nearly 100 new teachers on a "trip down memory lane" during his inspirational speech That One Best Teacher during the 45th Annual Welcome Breakfast for New Educators, presented by the West Suburban Chamber of Commerce & Industry (WSCCI).

Dr. McGee's presentation is featured in the LaGrange Doings newspaper and was well received by new teachers in the audience, who described it as "inspirational" and "exciting."

Dr. McGee, a graduate of Ogden Elementary School and Lyons Township High School in LaGrange, Illinois, was thrilled to be able to welcome new teachers and administrators and to share important lessons he has learned throughout the years from inspirational teachers from his past.

 IMSA President Dr. Glenn "Max" McGee

“I know that all educators can be ‘that one best teacher’ and all students need ‘that one best teacher’ every year to help them reach their full potential,” Dr. McGee said.  “The teaching profession is one of the most rewarding and noble of all and it was a great honor to be asked to welcome our newest teachers and administrators as members,” Dr. McGee said.

During his speech, Dr. McGee shared valuable insights into the teaching profession and how teachers can help students learn better by implementing a number of strategies such as inspiring their natural sense of wonder and imagination, teaching beyond the textbook, adjusting teaching styles to meet the individual needs of students and balancing classroom structure with a nurturing environment.

More than 100 new teachers and administrators from school districts in Countryside, Hodgkins, Indian Head Park, La Grange, LaGrange Park, Lyons, McCook, Western Springs and Willow Springs attended the event.  The Welcome Breakfast was generously supported by lead sponsors:  AT&T and LubePros, along with the following event sponsors:  Adventist LaGrange Memorial Hospital; Community Bank of Western Springs; Mr. Jim Durkin, State Representative; First National Bank of LaGrange; Frymark Floral Designs, Inland Bank; MB Financial - Countryside; Republic Bank; UPS; Vulcan Materials Company; and the West Central Municipal Conference/West Cook County Solid Waste Agency.

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