Whiteland educator wins teacher of the year

A Whiteland Community High School teacher was named Teacher of the Year in mathematics in a statewide program.

Brian Lukich, who teaches calculus, beat 81 teachers for the title of Teacher of the Year through the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program. Whiteland is one of 30 high schools in the state that participate in the program.

The title of Teacher of the Year goes to someone who not only teaches the students but also goes beyond the basic requirements, including volunteering for leadership roles in the school and engaging their students in the classroom, program director Karen Norris said.

Lukich teaches his students so well in his calculus class that the next calculus teacher is challenged to find new materials for the students to learn, Norris said.

Now that Lukich has earned this distinction, he will be called on to advise and reviewing mathematics curriculum and make presentations at conferences for the program, Norris said.