Calvin Hoff receives Excellence in Education Award

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Calvin Hoff and Cynthia Lawrence posing with Hoff's Excellence in Education Award.

Calvin Hoff and Cynthia Lawrence posing with Hoff's Excellence in Education Award.

Calvin Hoff and Cynthia Lawrence posing with Hoff's Excellence in Education Award.

Jordan Brunson, Staff Writer

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Congratulations are in order for Bullard theater teacher, Calvin Hoff, who won the award for Excellence in Education on February 6th, 2018, at the Golden Palace Event Center! He was nominated by his colleague, Cynthia Lawrence, an English teacher at Bullard, who also designs most costumes for the theater department.

Hoff has been teaching at Bullard for 16 years and says that he loves every minute of it. He teaches theater because he loves to teach what’s important. He believes theater is important because you learn many life and job skills such as creative thinking, team work, self confidence, public speaking, and many more. He believes theater gives students a break from the constant testing.

“Kids aren’t able to freely be creative because of the way testing is being done; in most classes, they are taught from the books,” he explains.

Some people get drama mixed up with theater and consider drama as theater. Hoff says otherwise: “I consider it theater because drama means to act, and this is not an acting class.”

Hoff’s interest in theater sparked back when he was cast as Santa and his parents made him a cotton ball beard, and he wore red pajamas. He really enjoyed the experience and wanted to continue getting involved in theater.

Hoff received the Excellence in Education award over the nine total teachers who were nominated from all across the Fresno Unified School District.

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