Brian Walsh Receives 2018 Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Brian Walsh
Brian Walsh

CONGRATULATIONS to Brian Walsh on being selected to receive the 2018 Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award. Walsh has been teaching science and coaching the cross country and track team for the last 17 years at Ludlow High School.  Students and staff fondly refer to Walsh as hardworking, compassionate, kind hearted, enthusiastic and dedicated.

Walsh was surprised to learn that he was a recipient of this award, "There are so many great teachers in Ludlow deserving of this recognition so I am very honored to have been chosen this year. I happy that I can make a difference for my students at Ludlow High School." 

Walsh balances work, family, friends and coaching, along with actively engaging in community outreach.  He volunteers his time at the Ludlow boys and girls club, coaches youth sports and attends the Ludlow Athletic Association meetings to help raise money for programs. He is a Ludlow resident who clearly understands the importance community involvement is for both his children, who attend district schools, and the greater Ludlow community.

Stephanie Fernandes, LHS English teacher and a former student/athlete of Walsh’s, described him as a dedicated teacher, an inspirational coach, and a trusted friend, to both colleagues and student/athletes.  “He stays after school countless hours to prep for fun and exciting lessons in the physics field, teaches AP level physics courses, and provides extra help and support to our students to understand this complex content. He truly cares about the students.”

“As a teacher, Brian is extremely reflective,” continued Fernandes. “He has developed strategies for reaching students, even walking out of the classroom at times when they ask questions, forcing them to work through their struggles rather than look to him for all the answers. Brian doesn’t give his students an opportunity to find the easy way out, and because of that his AP physics students consistently have some of the best scores around. They can count on him to be here;  his only frustration is that he feels he never has enough time with his students.”

Switching gears, Fernandes spoke of her former LHS track coach with fondness, “Brian has been coaching in our community for over 15 years and is, in many ways, the face of running in town. Similar to the way he treats his students, he does not give athletes a chance to take the easy way out. Having been both one of his athletes and now his colleague, I have seen how he motivates through his own experiences and through each individuals’ strengths.”

“He motivates everyone he encounters to believe they are capable of things they never knew before, even if they will not be the best,” explained Fernandes.  “The runners he coaches want to work hard and improve as athletes because of his motivation, and it transfers over to all aspects of their life.”

“It's no surprise Brian Walsh was nominated, and received, this honor,” said LHS Principal, Lisa Nemeth. “His dedication to the students is noticeable in both his teaching and coaching style. Whether it's staying after school for his physics students or designing a running program for his track athletes, Brian is always approachable;  putting the students' needs first.”

“He has such a love and knowledge for his content area that that passion has motivated students to choose a career related to physics,” added Nemeth.  “Any student who has, or has had, Mr. Walsh, is very lucky.”

“More than ever, education is more than just what a teacher can provide in the classroom. To educate the whole student, we need to inspire, and that has been a priority for Brian for as long as I have known him,” concluded  Fernandes, of her former track coach, colleague and friend.



Dr. Gazda, Mr. Walsh, Mrs. Nemeth

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