He was singled out by his peers and the students and their parents because of his excellence in the classroom and ability to inspire.
Becoming a teacher was a natural choice for him because most of the people who helped raise him were educators, he pointed out. “I am so grateful for all the time and love that has been shown to me over the years. Being an educator allows me the opportunity to both express my gratitude and perpetuate a process that was so instrumental in shaping who I have become.”
Vincent said he likes the relationships that form as a result of classroom time spread out over a span of four years. And he agrees with retiring colleague Carl Schulenburg’s words to him during his first year of teaching: “Kids won’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
Vincent’s hope is that his students are “better armed to express themselves at the collegiate level, well-prepared for the reading demands ahead of them and more in touch with the wide range of human experience that opens up to us through language.”
According to one of his students, “He starts every morning with a devotion and prays with us. He inspires learning in us everyday with interactive class activities and goal oriented homework. He helps us when we have trouble and understands and adjusts his lesson plan to compensate for confusion or misunderstanding. He is always asking for feedback in class and always trying to teach things in a better or more effective way.”
He has a bachelor’s degree in education from Concordia University Nebraska and a master’s in curriculum and instruction from the University of Indianapolis.
Vincent recently attained the status of adjunct lecturer for Indiana University Bloomington when he took on the responsibility of teaching IU’s English composition courses at Lutheran.
He and his wife of six years, Jessica, have two children, Owen, 2, and Gavin, 8 months. Mrs. Vincent formerly taught in special education and mainstream classrooms in the Avon Community School Corp.