Mason Clark Middle School
6th grade Special Education Teacher
John goes above and beyond for his students. He works with Wast St Louis students who are extremely poor and grow up with a lot of violence in their neighborhoods. John has gained the respect of these kids and the teachers he works with. He has shown these kids that they can better themselves. He shows them respect and compassion. He also volunteers with a nonprofit exchange student organization working with foreign students and hosting them also. Anyone who comes in contact with John feels the huge heart he has and the selfless nature he projects to everyone. Teaching is his passion not a job. The students he has enjoy his class and have fun learning with him. He teaches by educational games and making the learning process fun and not mundane. My son is autistic an was in his class at Edgewood Children’s School. My son never bonded with any teacher, especially an male teacher, but instantly bonded with Mr Henrichs. This man has the patience of a saint. He needs to be recognized for his hard work and dedication to his students. If all our teachers were like Mr Henrichs, our school systems would be amazing!
Nominated by Kimberly