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S: WEM 2010 Academic Teacher Coach of the Year ~ Nate Henry

BC: Challenge coach of the year!

FC: "A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." ~ Henry Brooks Adams~ | WEM 2010 Minnesota Academic Teacher Coach of the Year

1: Oak Ridge Hotel and Conference Center Chaska, MN October 16, 2010

2: May 28, 2010 ~ The Secret is finally revealed!

3: Nate's principal Ray Statz called Tammy mid April and told her Nate had won "Academic Teacher/Coach of the Year plus $10,000.00!" He also told her to keep it a secret from Nate until they had their end of the year awards ceremony where Nate would be called up in front of the school and his surprise would be revealed! All 3 children had daddy's favorite tulips and handed them to him as he walked up to the stage. Jo Jo stole the show and danced on stage in front of everyone! The news stations and newspapers were all there to broadcast the big news! What a tremendous honor well deserved. We were all so proud!

4: { Mr. Nate Henry is an HS English teacher and One Act Play Director for Pipestone Area Schools. My husband and I have four daughters who have all had Mr. Henry as a classroom teacher. Mr. Henry challenges students and inspires them to explore a "dry" subject of English in a creative and fun ways. He is an exemplary class room teacher. That said, Mr. Nate Henry is the “shining star” and inspiration for the PAS One Act Play program. He works well with students, supporting them and pushing them to go beyond themselves in a non-threatening manner. He provides constructive criticism and positive feedback. Our youngest daughter is involved in the One Act Play program for the first time this year. Mr. Henry touches and inspires these students. At one time our daughter told us she would never talk or perform in front of people, so we were quietly surprised but very supportive when she told us she was going to try out for One Act. Mr. Henry made it look fun. She was cast in the play and began a new area of experience for her. Her Dad and I have watched as our daughter has grown in confidence and self assurance. At first, we thought it was just us who noticed the change in her. Yet, extended family began to comment on her new confidence. Our daughter isn’t a student who is not involved in many activities in her MS/HS career. She has participated in basketball, volleyball, speech, student council, jazz band, concert band and marching band. Throughout previous years, we did not see such a positive change in her demeanor. In fact, we would sometimes see the exact opposite. We attribute this wonderful change we have seen to the positive experience she has had in One Act under the direction of Mr. Henry. This has been a life changing event for our child. Mr. Henry fosters a safe environment where students can explore their creativity without fear of harsh criticism or judgment. This cast has become a family. One student in particular did not make the initial cut to be cast in this year’s play. This student came to each practice and “hung around” as the other student’s practiced. Mr. Henry noticed this student. Mr. Henry had compassion on this student and created a role for them in the play. In the dog-eat-dog world of coaching where winning at all costs seems to be the mantra for some – this does an old mother’s heart good to see Mr. Henry demonstrate that the students are the most important part of this process. Mr. Henry is not a “patsy” coach. Many nights our daughter came home worn out from the work of the practice. He asks for the student’s input. He challenges them to bring their creativity to the art of acting. He demands the respect of the students and he expects them all to do their best. They, in turn, give their best for him gladly. In the past 8 years of coaching One Act, Pipestone Area School has gone to State 5 times. They starred once. Once again we are returning to State One Act this year. He has built a strong and well respected program. This is recognized by his peers. In this week’s Pipestone County Star, our local paper, the letter below appeared in the Letter to the Editor. “Dear Editor, I am reminded of the lyric which warns of our tendency to not recognize what we have until it is gone. It was my pleasure to serve as a judge for the Sub-Section10 One-Act Play Contest. Your school's production of "The Serpent" ranks as one of the finest pieces of high school theatre I have seen. There was absolutely no doubt in my mind that, if it was performed as well at Section, it would advance to State. Please recognize what you have; your program continues to rank among the finest in our state. I urge you to recognize and honor the talents of your directors and students. You have every reason to be very proud. Jerry Logue Mountain Lake, Minn.” In closing, Mr. Henry is humble and it is apparent that he enjoys students and loves to be with them. He makes them laugh. I emailed Mr. Henry thanking him for all he has done for our daughter. I have copied his response,

6: Family and Friends


9: “The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.”

10: so many

12: We are so proud of you daddy! We are so proud of you daddy! We are so proud of you daddy! We are so proud of you daddy! | We are so proud of you daddy! We are so proud of you daddy! We are so proud of you daddy! We are so proud of you daddy! | We are so proud of you daddy! We are so proud of you daddy! We are so proud of you daddy! We are so proud of you daddy! | We are so proud of you daddy! We are so proud of you daddy! We are so proud of you daddy! We are so proud of you daddy!

15: What a great friend to have in my life!

17: "Miracles come in moments"

18: WEM Awards Banquet Saturday October 16th This day was a day where nothing else could be more perfect. The leaves were falling and blowing as we drove to the convention center. Nate held his speech and rehearsed it all the way there. Aussie looked so handsome...just like his daddy! Nate was able to select 10 people to join his table so he chose me, Aussie, grandpa Jeff, mom, Tom, Jeffry, Elise, Bon, George and himself. We had a delicious brunch and enjoyed all the festivities the day brought. It was a day we will never forget!

20: A speech that touched all who were present! | "Life gives us brief moments with another...but sometimes in those brief moments we get memories that last a lifetime"

22: Nate receiving his award from the WEM foundation and Whitney MacMillan. Nate asked him if he had been involved with education and he replied "I've been in the business world!" After returning home Nate discovered he was the 42nd richest man in the country, owner of Cargill and the richest man in Minnesota!

24: The 6 winners! | So proud of you! | A big brother to be!

25: A delicious crystal apple! | Celebrating Nate's Award! | Nate on the big screen!

26: October 16th, 2010 An honor well deserved!

27: The invitation sent to us in the mail!

30: The Program

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