Excellence Awards Recipient Detail Information

John Theis
Professor, Political Science, LSC-Kingwood
Lone Star College System
Statement:  I teach because I know I can make a difference in students’ college experience, their success, and hopefully their lives. Every morning I wake up looking forward to going to class. I watch the news and read the paper thinking about how this can be part of the day’s class. I love to instill in my students the feeling that they can be successful and that I believe in them. Growing up in a dictatorship gave me a deep appreciation for the hard work it takes to create and nurture a democracy. Just as democracy is about more than what happens in the voting booth, teaching is about more than just what happens in the classroom. Teaching government allows me to pass that appreciation on to my students and for that I will be eternally grateful.
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