Cody High School’s John Corbin is the 2024 Wyoming Teacher of the Year

Cody High School’s John Corbin is the 2024 Wyoming Teacher of the YearJohn Corbin, a beacon of innovation and inspiration at Cody High School, has been honored with the prestigious title of 2024 Wyoming Teacher of the Year. In a surprise assembly, Corbin’s dedication to education and his exceptional contributions to the realm of social studies were celebrated by students, colleagues, and administrators alike.

A veteran educator with 15 years of experience, Corbin stands out for his passionate advocacy of civics education. Teaching a diverse array of subjects including Western Civilization, U.S. History, AP U.S. History, American Government, and even a captivating elective course titled ‘History in Hollywood,’ Corbin ensures that his students are equipped with a comprehensive understanding of their nation’s history and governance.

Corbin’s commitment to his craft has not gone unnoticed. He is a National Board-certified teacher, a testament to his excellence in the field, and has garnered numerous accolades throughout his career. Among these honors is the esteemed John P. Ellbogen Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence in the Advancement of Quality Civics Education, recognizing his unparalleled dedication to fostering informed and engaged citizens.

Reflecting on his journey to becoming the 2024 Wyoming Teacher of the Year, Corbin humbly acknowledged the collective effort behind his success. He remarked, “Winning this award is the culmination of a ton of work, a ton of early mornings and late nights and things that people don’t see all the time. It’s really nice to be seen.”

Corbin’s classroom is not merely a space for instruction but a sanctuary for empowerment and growth. Greeting his students with high-fives at the door and kickstarting lessons with positive affirmations, he cultivates a nurturing environment conducive to learning. Implementing innovative strategies such as a cellphone caddy system to minimize distractions, Corbin ensures that his students are fully immersed in the educational experience.

Megan Degenfelder, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, commended Corbin’s unwavering dedication to cultivating civic engagement among students. She emphasized, “John’s work instills in students a patriotic appreciation for our system of government and a sense of obligation to participate, to sacrifice for the future of their community and democracy, something we need now more than ever.”

As the 2024 Wyoming Teacher of the Year, Corbin will not only serve as a representative of excellence in education within the state but will also represent Wyoming in the National Teacher of the Year competition. His profound impact on his students and community underscores the transformative power of passionate and dedicated educators. In the words of one of his students, “Without Corbin’s love for teaching and his students, I would never have been able to reach my goals and chase my dreams.” John Corbin’s legacy as the 2024 Wyoming Teacher of the Year will undoubtedly continue to inspire generations to come.

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