NBC4i.com recently ran this Story about Thomas Worthington High School Baseball and their coach Stephen Gussler. The 2013 TWHS baseball team is one of the best teams in Division 1 baseball. They returned 8 seniors from a very successful 2012 campaign and even after a recent slump the latest Columbus Dispatch poll has them ranked 11th in Division 1. They have a real opportunity to make a run at a state title.
What makes this noteworthy is the person coaching the team. Stephen Gussler has been the TWHS baseball coach for the last 16 years. In his early 40’s he is battling cancer and 16 months ago he was given 9 to 12 months to live. In an effort to support coach Gussler and his young family, staff, students and community members created GussStrong shirts, wristbands, etc.
Stephen is a true educator. In the midst of Teacher Appreciation Week nationwide, Stephen exhibits everything that is good about education. He is a relationship builder, focused on building great young men and women first, and on athletics second. In the midst of battling for his life, he is focusing first on others. His young family, his students at TWHS, and his players. Listening to Stephen talk he often speaks about how grateful he is and about how making the most out of everyday is so important. He refers to watching his own children grow up as his selfish desires. He is a person who is selfless and puts others first.
Stephen’s actions encompasses true servant leadership. The desire and ability to put others first and to help others achieve success. Great teachers are servant leaders. They work tirelessly, not for their own reward, but to help others achieve. We have many, many of these teachers in Worthington. I’m blessed that my own kids have teachers like this and I hope you feel likewise about those teaching your children.