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Orange Park High Teacher of the Week, Vicky Loehr

7:25 PM, Mar 31, 2010   |    comments
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ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Many students have no idea what they'll do after they graduation, so one Orange Park High School teacher is helping them figure it out. Vicky Loehr is our Teacher of the Week. 

In her nearly four decades of teaching marine biology, Loehr has made a huge impact on her students. At least eight former students are now teachers, another is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force.

"There may be something (in my class) that helps them be a better person. Gives them career guidance. They may like a teaching technique; or maybe something gave them a spark," said Loehr. 

The student who nominated Loehr for Teacher of the Week said she had no idea what she would do after high school, until taking Loehr's class.

"It was from her class I learned I wanted to be an underwater photographer and I plan to enlist in the Navy," said senior Mary Lutton. 

Loehr brings in every branch of the military to her class to talk to students and organizes an annual military day at the school. She does all this because she wants her students to be successful in life.

"If they can learn to thrive in here, every job they go to the love of learning will stay with them and keep them functional. They'll be better at their job and in the job market."

Loehr has taught at Orange Park High School for 37 years. She said the most rewarding part of being a teacher is when former students come back and tell her what an impact she's made on their life.       

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