1 in 2000: Alwardt takes over yearbook!

Miranda Rysiewicz ‘15
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Not everyone would take a challenge head-on but English teacher John Alwardt has taken on a big one this year.
“I never thought of the possibility of advising the yearbook staff. When it was offered to me, I thought it would be something new to pursue. I like the challenge of something new,” Alwardt said.
Although most students think that Alwardt is a new teacher in the building, he has taught at LCN for 14 years.
“I had taught at LCHS for four years and then taught at LCN for 14 years. I had taught every English course offered by the schools along with Speech, Debate, and Acting. I was ready for a change; however, I still wanted to teach. The IAM [International Academy of Macomb] gave me an opportunity to be a part of beginning a new high school; it also gave me the opportunity to teach every student in the first graduating class for three years straight. I enjoyed the challenges of creating something new,” Alwardt said.
After leaving the IAM, Alwardt was offered a position with L’Anse Creuse schools as a literacy coach but turned down the offer because he would have been working with teachers more than students. As much as he likes teachers, he would rather teach students, he said.
“When Mrs. [Danielle] Alexander took a different teaching position during the summer vacation, my current teaching schedule at LCN became available. I did not hesitate at the opportunity to return to LCN. The staff, students, and community have always been good to me; it feels like my second home,” said Alwardt.
He noted that one of the reasons he likes yearbook is the staff of students and the two editors-in-chief, Alex Murray ’14 and Lindsay MacAulay ’14.
“Alex and Lindsay are two of the most impressive young people that I have had the privilege of working with during my career. The whole yearbook staff is hard-working and fun,” Alwardt said.
Alwardt received his undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University and he received his master’s degree from Marygrove College. He student-taught at LCN in 1989.
“It was a much smaller community of students at that time. Though the school community has grown over the years, LCN still has a strong sense of pride and spirit,” Alwardt said.
He has been married for 19 years to his wife Shelley who taught at Green Elementary for many years before she became the grant coordinator for the school district. His 15 year-old daughter, Megan, attends the IAM but attended L’Anse Creuse schools before going there. His two sons, Ethan and Jonathan, also attend L’Anse Creuse schools.
“This is my twenty-fifth year of teaching. When I first started teaching, I did not think I would stay with it beyond a few years. How wrong was I. I have had incredible experiences and opportunities. More importantly, I have numerous positive memories of working with students as a classroom teacher, as a drama director and as a coach of a few different sports. I consider myself very fortunate as a result,” Alwardt said.
Alwardt was awarded LCN Teacher of the Year in 2002 and L’Anse Creuse Public Schools Teacher of the Year in 2003.

John Alwardt helps Devyn Brass ‘15 on his work in English class.

John Alwardt helps Devyn Brass ‘15 on his work in English class.