Illinois Educator Named 2007 Adviser of the Year
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ILLINOIS EDUCATOR WINS NATIONAL AWARD
Capron Educator Wins Rynearson Adviser of the Year Award
Reston, VA – Glenn Pinnau, a U.S. History teacher and NHS adviser at Marian Central Catholic High School in Woodstock has been honored by the National Honor Society
(NHS) and National Junior Honor Society
(NJHS) as the 2007 Rynearson National Adviser of the Year. Pinnau was recognized for his dedication and many contributions to the students of Marian Central Catholic High School, while attending the NHS/NJHS national conference in Atlanta, Georgia on November 11th.
Pinnau has served as an NHS adviser for 9 years. Since he took over the position, the Marian Central Catholic chapter of the NHS has won numerous outstanding service project awards, placed second and third in the NHS Scholar’s Bowl®, and put in countless hours of community service. Despite the rich history Pinnau has had in leading the school's NHS chapter, he says the most meaningful and significant experience he's had thus far was just this past school year. During that time, Pinnau was able to help the current chapter president realize that successful leaders are able to demonstrate trust in their teams. The young lady had alienated herself from the group and was attempting to carry out all tasks on her own in an effort to make sure they were done correctly. After a number of lessons were learned as the young lady began to suffer burnout, she realized that Pinnau had given her invaluable insight into what it means to be a true leader. Pinnau says, "Seeing our student leaders selflessly working together toward fulfillment of our chapter's mission is deeply gratifying."
Charles Rakers, director of academics and personnel at Marian Central Catholic notes, "Dr. Pinnau has given countless hours of his time and energy for the students at Marian Central Catholic High School. His mentoring of students and his deep personal commitment to the mission of the National Honor Society has made our chapter one of the top in the country."
The Rynearson Award was established in honor of Edward Rynearson, founder of NHS. Rynearson was the central figure in the growth and development of the National Honor Society, promoting its growth and maintaining the records of the organization in its early years until his death in 1932. This award not only recognizes the significant contributions of one individual, but also highlights the contributions made by the more than 20,000 Honor Society advisers throughout the country.
The National Honor Society (NHS) and the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) are the nation's premier organizations recognizing outstanding middle level and high school students who demonstrate excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. NHSTM and NJHSTM are programs of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. For more information, visit: www.nhs.us.
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