Rolesville coach, teacher named runner-up in national contest
ROLESVILLE — Michael Grether, the Rolesville High School cross-country and track and field coach, finished in second place for the Claes Nobel Coach of the Year award by the National Society of High School Scholars.
Grether learned of the honor Oct. 16; NSHSS made the announcement public Nov. 14.
Grether was awarded a $1,000 grant for Rolesville High School. He competed against other coaches and teachers across the country and Canada.
“It’s very humbling to be recognized for this achievement,” Grether said. “It’s great to know that the work other educators are doing in Wake County is making a difference in the lives of students. This started because a student took their time and initiative to recognize me. I try to make a difference in the lives of students. For a student to take that time and effort to nominate me means a lot. It’s a deep honor and very gratifying.”
Grether has been teaching for 15 years and started teaching at Rolesville when it first opened in 2013. He teaches Advanced Placement human geography and world history.
As a cross-country and track and field coach, Grether earned six conference championships, one regional championship and four top 10 state finishes during Rolesville’s seven-year history. He is a speaker at state and national conferences.
In 2018, Grether started a small business, Global Academic Productions, which provides online world history and geography courses for homeschoolers. These courses serve students in 35 states and four different countries. His work has been presented at national conferences.
“I wrote my own high school curriculums early in my educational career,” Grether said. “Being a parent of home-schoolers, I got involved in home-school groups. There was a very vocal demand for more history options. For the past two years, I’ve had families who have utilized my curriculums in their home schooling.”
The Claes Nobel awards teachers who prepare students for success inside and outside the classroom, NSHSS says. Claes Nobel is grandnephew of Alfred Nobel, for whom the Nobel Prizes are named.
To be eligible for Educators of the Year, candidates must be an NSHSS Educator of Distinction and must currently be working within a public or private high school in the United States or abroad. NSHSS selects one $5,000 award winner and several $1,000 finalists in each of five categories: Principal of the Year, Counselor of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Band/Music Leader of the Year, and Coach of the Year.
Grether said that while winning second place and gifting Rolesville with a $1,000 grant is a memorable moment in his life, he said his work is still not done in the world of education.
“While the recognition is deeply honoring, it was never the goal,” Grether said. “Making a difference in someone’s life is the goal. I’m still figuring out how to connect with the students and see where they want to go in life. That part of my life is not done. At the end of the day, the award is just an empty trophy. It’s the journey and the memories that I made along the way is what really matters. I’m here to help students realize their potential.”
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