Look into Steven Metzger’s physics classroom at Victor Senior High School and you’ll see engaged students.
“He gives a lot back to the school, he’s not just here from 7:30 to 3, he puts in the extra time, the extra hours and he really cares about the kids and you can tell this is his passion and the kids appreciate it so much,” said Brian Siesto, assistant principal at Victor Senior High School.
It wasn’t just the commitment to the classroom, though, that inspired Kyle Joseph.
As a senior last year, Joseph took great interest in Metzger’s commitment to his country.
Metzger flies helicopters for the U.S. Army National Guard.
After high school, Joseph joined the U.S. Air Force and from Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi he nominated Metzger for a Golden Apple Award.
When News 8 presented the award to Metzger, we played him a video message from Joseph.
“I nominate you for the Golden Apple Award because I think you do an excellent job every day,” Joseph said. “Not everyone can do it and that’s why I feel you deserve the Golden Apple Award. You’re not only an amazing teacher, but you’re an amazing person. You have great character and excellence in all you do and that’s a great thing to live by and you’re absolutely and inspiration for me but everyone in our class, you brought a lot to our personality and I appreciate that, congratulations.”
Metzger joined ROTC while at Roberts Wesleyan College and served one year in Afghanistan before entering the classroom.
Asked what drives him to give so much to the students, Metzger gestured to the students and said, “These guys right here, just coming in for them every day and giving my best effort, I really love connecting with the kids, teaching them everything I can share with them to inspire that and to help them be the best person they can be.”