This month’s National Renaissance Staffulty of the Month is Mychal Limric from Puyallup High School, WA. Nominator Jamie Mooring writes:
Mychal is an amazing educator who puts his heart and soul into everything he does. Surprisingly enough, Mychal has not always been a teacher, but he felt the calling later in life and is a true natural. Students LOVE to be in Mr. Limric‘s class — he is the perfect combination of funny, and brilliant and compassionate with just a side of Dad-Joke every day. Mychal embodies everything about Renaissance without even knowing he is doing it. Every day he greets his students at the door of his classroom with a fist bump and a “Good Morning.” As students pass he always comments on the things happening in their lives. And Mychal can comment on all these things because he SHOWS UP…to EVERYTHING!! This year Mychal has seen Every. Single. Sport. compete at least once (even JV if he has a student playing). He attends the plays and the concerts for band, choir and orchestra. He stops by the debate room if they are practicing, volunteers to be on scholarship committees, and offers to have DECA practice their state presentations for him. He is here for kids – no matter how tired he is, how much planning he did the night before or how much grading he has to do tonight, Mychal Limric SHOWS UP. And in a time when teachers are exhausted, parents are sometimes absent, and kids can feel unsupported and alone, I am so so grateful to have a Mychal Limric working right next door to me.
How long have you been involved with Renaissance?
I try and support our amazing leadership program.
What’s a favorite Renaissance moment for you?
Every time I see our students step out of their comfort zone and lead others, it reminds of our purpose as educators. Growth. Support. Kindness. Community.
How has Renaissance impacted your school’s culture?
Through our leadership program, Renaissance has literally kept students engaged with learning and school community.
How has Renaissance affected you personally?
Many of my students are deeply involved. Character counts and I am always trying to help young people develop theirs. Watching the ‘servant heart’ at work in our building inspires me to always push myself to be there for others.
What advice would you give to someone just starting with Renaissance?
Never feel like you are being ‘too kind’ or ‘too polite’ to others. Kindness and service are a culture. Make people adjust to your positivity by modeling it every day, all the time. The world can always get better. That’s your opportunity to be a leader.
Mychal will receive a tote bag and a lapel pin in recognition of his achievement.