This week's teacher of the week is Joel McDonough. He is a High School Math Teacher at Holdingford High School. He was nominated by Shelli Struzyk.

We love honoring teachers here in Central Minnesota that make a difference in the lives of their students by shining the spotlight on them and recognizing their greatness with The Teacher of the Week Award. Making sure they know what they do makes a difference in the lives of others and that it doesn't go unnoticed.
The nominated teacher that gets selected receives a gift basket full of gift certificates from $25 Gift Certificate Harvest Bread Co., Sunday Brunch for 2 to Coyote Moon Grille, $30 Gift Certificate to Concrete Image Salon, $25 Gift Certificate to Clutch Take and Bake Pizza and a beautiful trophy from All-Star Trophy and Awards. Plus, some 96.7 The River swag.

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Letter Submitted: 
Joel goes above and beyond in all that he does. This is more than evident with his students and co-workers. His kindness and generosity is evident in both his professional and private lives. In a time where more and more of our youth struggle, he provides emotional support and is a positive male role model. He is not only a committed teacher but also an invested coach. He even helps adults as he did when he tutored this writer during his free time in studying for the GRE for graduate school, accepting no compensation. If someone is in need, no matter what that need is, mention it to Joel and he’s there! My niece and nephews had the privilege of having Joel as a teacher and shared many stories of the benefits they received in this. I believe Joel is more than deserving of this award and appreciate your consideration of this nomination.

Shelli Struzyk

Letter from Principal:

Mr. McDonough is an amazing educator. He is passionate about his content area and truly cares about the students he works with. He makes math enjoyable by breaking large concepts into smaller, more manageable pieces.

He is a student favorite!

Not only does he teach math, but he also advises Knowledge Bowl, coaches basketball, mentors new teachers, and is a member of several committees. He is an incredibly valuable member of our HHS family.

Principal Angela Safran


Thank you Joel McDonough for making a difference. We appreciate you here at 96.7 The River! Keep up the great work of making a difference in the lives of your students and others.

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