We Love You Mr. Heil!
By Rachel Richter
CP, Honors, and AP Chemistry teacher Mr. Heil is one of the most loved and respected teachers at Seton High School. Not only does he demonstrate impressive wisdom in Chemistry, but his faith in God, his heart, and his love for his students is what makes him truly admirable and inspiring. He is so much more than an excellent teacher with seemingly endless knowledge. He is a role model, a confidante, a spiritual advisor, and an inspiration. Mr. Heil has touched the soul of every one of his students, leaving a lasting impression on countless young girls’ hearts.
Mr. Heil exemplifies all the qualities of a great teacher. With his students’ best interests in mind, Mr. Heil truly wants his students to learn and get the most out of his classes. If a girl is ever struggling in his class, he will notice and take the time to speak with her. He is always going out of his way to look after the girls at Seton. Although we might not always show our appreciation, we really are thankful for all of Mr. Heil’s efforts to help us grow as students.
No one can deny that Mr. Heil is so much more than a teacher to his students. He is more like a guardian angel watching over each and every one of us. Always there when we need him, Mr. Heil makes time to get to know each of his students as individuals. He makes sure to always remember that there is a “precious little girl” inside of his students. Because of this, his students love him, respect him, and look up to him on a multitude of levels.
Mr. Heil’s genuine loving nature is something unique and different from anything I have ever witnessed. Everything that he does, including teaching, is rooted in love. I don’t think there is a mean bone in his body, and I have never met a person who doesn’t love and admire him. You can see God through Mr. Heil on a daily basis. It is easy to see that he is constantly putting God’s word into action, and we are truly blessed to have him as a teacher at Seton. Personally, I believe that Mr. Heil is the most holy and God-like person I know, and I am so thankful to have him in my life. Mr. Heil is a blessing to Seton High School.
Mr. Heil leaves a lasting impression on his students in many ways. Something that his students love and cherish is the special days and special moments he has. Every so often, amidst the hectic and rigorous school year, Mr. Heil will dedicate a moment and sometimes even a day to incorporating God into his classroom. These moments mean a lot to students, and they allow students to take a step back and truly think about life. By holding these special moments, Mr. Heil provides students with a calm and safe environment to reflect, relax, and grow in their relationships with each other and God. Because of this, Mr. Heil is the best kind of teacher: the kind who teaches students about life.
Mr. Heil is also very courageous. When holding special moments, Mr. Heil opens himself up to his students, and this is something indescribably inspiring and moving to take part in. I know it must not be easy to open your heart up in front of a classroom, and for that he is truly courageous. He shares stories with us, talks about God, and speaks to us on a real and vulnerable level. Students will remember the experiences they had through Mr. Heil’s special moments for the rest of their lives.
The students at Seton adore Mr. Heil:
“Mr. Heil is probably one of my favorite teachers at Seton. My favorite part about his class was when we used science to prove that Christ was really present in the Eucharist. Mr. Heil is the best at taking his subject and teaching it in a way that proves our faith. I am so glad I had him as a teacher my sophomore year because he does more than just teach Chemistry, he wants us to ‘climb the chemistry mountain’ to the truth.”
–Senior Susan Nussman
“Mr. Heil, although I’ve only had him for a little over a semester, a few months has surely been long enough to see just how wonderful of a teacher he is. He really knows how to put a unique touch on Chemistry with his wonderful insights and special moments. I remember our first special moment in Chemistry. Our whole class was almost speechless as we felt his heart-felt words touch our hearts. He really knows how to appreciate the little things in life and always had a grateful heart. Every special moment is a reminder to us to slow down from our hectic school day and take time to remember what is close to our hearts.”
–Sophomore Anna Lindle
“Mr. Heil taught me Chemistry my sophomore year. His class taught me so much not only about Chemistry, but also about myself as well. His special moments were so inspirational and always brightened my day. He truly is a wonderful role model and example of someone who trusts in God’s will. I am so thankful to have had him and I know his Chemistry class made a difference in my life.”
–Senior Charity Jamison