Position: 7th/8th Grade Science Teacher, JHS/HS Coach
School District: Wylie ISD
School: Raymond B Cooper Junior High School

How has this person changed your life?:
Coach Van Meter has been an amazing teacher, coach and mentor to me. I have had many great teachers, however Coach Van Meter will always stand out as the best. He is a positive role model and a person that students respect. His class was one that I looked forward to attending. It was important to him that I understood what he was teaching. He is also a coach at both the junior high and high school levels. I am especially proud of having him as a Sponsor for FCA. I joined this group in 7th grade and continue to enjoy it today on a leadership level. I know I have followed this path because of the influence of Coach Van Meter. He made it something I could both enjoy and be proud of. He constantly tells me how proud he is of the young man that I have become. Coach Van Meter has also gone out of his way to stay in contact with me to offer guidance and personal support as I finish my high school career. He is beyond deserving of the Sterling Shining Star Award and I am beyond honored to nominate him for this award.