High school Latin teacher named Indiana's best

Steven Perkins gets a nice surprise!
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A high school Latin teacher from Indianapolis is Indiana's teacher of the year.

State schools superintendent Glenda Ritz presented the award Friday morning to Steven Perkins of North Central High School.

Perkins has been teaching at the high school since 1998.

Ritz praised Perkins for his work improving his students' world knowledge through the teaching of Latin. He was picked from a pool of ten finalists from across the state.

Perkins was born and raised in New Albany, Indiana and graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in Classical Studies and a certification in Secondary Education in 1991. He earned a Master of Arts in Classics with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin in 1995. He also earned his Administrative Certification in 2000. A selection of his career awards are below:

· Teacher of the Year; North Central High School and MSD Washington Township; 2013

· Most Influential Teacher to a Top 25 Senior at North Central High School; 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013

· Dr. Elizabeth Watkins Latin Teacher Award; American Classical League; 2013

· Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellow; 2011

· Blazing Torch Award, Sigma Gamma Rho/Butler University; 2009

· Who's Who Among America's Teachers; 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006

· Most Influential Educator to Indiana Department of Education and Indianapolis Star Academic All-Star; 2004

· Co-author, Latin for Dummies

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