Huntington North High School teacher Dominick Manco was named the high school's teacher of the year during a breakfast on Thursday, April 26.
"It's nice to feel like all the hard work you put into your job doesn't go unnoticed," Manco says. "It gives me a little wind beneath my wings to continue to do great things for the kids."
Manco teaches art at the high school, mostly digital design and computer art. He has been teaching in Huntington for five years of his 15-year teaching career.
He says that he doesn't expect every student to become an artist, but still hopes to teach everyone in his classes.
"I hope that once they get done with any class, they can be a creative thinker," Manco says. "The world needs more creative people."
At the announcement breakfast held at the high school library, Principal Jeremy Gulley commented on grants and resources Manco has acquired to aid his teaching.
Recently, Manco was awarded a grant to buy professional lighting for his classroom, including two light set-ups with umbrellas. He is currently ordering backdrop equipment that will enable him to teach students portrait photography.
"Most of what I do is more toward the career and commercial end of the business," Manco says.
His other current project is trying to obtain dual credit for some of his art classes, enabling students to earn college credit. Due to the permission process for dual credit, he isn't sure when the opportunity may be available, but remains hopeful that students will be able to earn dual art credit soon.
Manco received his Bachelor of Art in education from University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, and has done both teaching and freelance graphic design work before coming to HNHS.