Tavish Whiting, a social studies teacher at Lee’s Summit North High School, received the Missouri Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) High School Teacher of the Year Award during a June 9 ceremony, held in Springfield. Earlier this year, Mr. Whiting was honored as High School Teacher of the Year by both the VFW Post 5789 of Lee’s Summit and the VFW District 5.
Mr. Whiting has worked for the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District for 22 years. At LSNHS, he teaches American government, comparative government, contemporary issues and economics. He serves as the coordinator for R-7 Votes, a mock election conducted in all R-7 schools during presidential elections. In addition, Mr. Whiting was member of the R-7 curriculum writing team for American government, contemporary issues, economics and comparative government; served on the writing team for the state-mandated constitution exams; and has been actively involved in The Missouri Bar Education Program.
Mr. Whiting was praised for his leadership, teaching style, dedication and passion for his subject. “He is willing to continuously work for his students and to set an example for the staff he works alongside,” stated the nomination form. “He is an exceptional role model.”
Tavish Whiting receives the VFW state award.