EVERGREEN PARK, Ill -- This month’s honoree is a business teacher at south suburban Evergreen Park Community High School. His name is Scott Pasek. The student who nominated Pasek says he is a teacher who is making a difference. How much of a difference and how, she tells us in her own words.
Emily Radgowski, nominating student at Evergreen Park Community High School: “Before I took Mr Pasek’s business principles class, I had no idea where I wanted to go or what I wanted to do after high school, but Mr Pasek's class has led me in the right path.”
Emily Radgowski: “I am a senior now and ever since last year, before I even started applying for colleges, I have kept him updated and have gotten helpful advice in potential jobs and schools to go to. Building strong student relationships is definitely of importance to Mr Pasek.”
Mr Pasek: “Understanding how important business is and how important personal finance is and just making good life decisions. Everything we teach in our classes is stuff they are going to use throughout their life.”
Emily Radgowski: “I really grew an interest in business from this class and listening to Mr Pasek talk about working for what you want and everyday problems and issues in the world really has urged me to do whatever I can to achieve success in my life. The things that are most important to Mr Pasek are his students’ success inside and outside of school.
Emily Radgowski: “Mr Pasek has definitely made a huge difference in my life. Junior year started out as a very stressful and rough year for me. I hadn't had him as a teacher since freshman year, but from the second I walked in the classroom door, I felt a little bit of relief off my shoulders because I knew how awesome of a teacher he was.”
Mr Pasek: “We’re on a block schedule, which is 83 minutes, and we have four a day, that’s almost like a short feature film, and you can lose your students pretty quickly. One of the best compliments I can get from a student is how quick the block went. They feel like they just sat down and the bell has rung and it’s time to move on to the next block.”
Emily Radgowski: “I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was having fun while doing math equations. I can't thank Mr Pasek enough for being a tremendous help, a great friend, and a true role model. Mr Pasek is a great example of an outstanding teacher and deserves the teacher of the month award very much! I’m very happy for Mr Pasek that he gets the recognition he deserves.
For a job well done, Scott Pasek, our teacher of the month, also received a thousand dollar check from Saint Xavier University.