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This profile was last updated on 7/26/09  and contains information from public web pages.

John Andrew Bassier

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Biology Teacher

Local Address: Ferndale, Michigan, United States
Ferndale High School

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Part myth, part majesty, Michigan’s only national park is an unspoiled gem |, 26 July 2009 [cached]
I meet a friend, John Bassier, a biology teacher at Ferndale High School, who has brought more than 300 students here in his 40 years as a teacher. Backcountry camping on Isle Royale, Bassier says, teaches self-reliance, tolerance for discomfort and cooperation. I meet up with him as he finishes a 6-day hike on the Minong Trail with two Ferndale police officer friends.
"A couple nights we could see a gazillion stars," says Bassier.
Turnaround Management Association, 1 Nov 2006 [cached]
Those recognized at the 2006 Annual Convention last month in Orlando were Larry Statler, a special education teacher at Santa Teresa Elementary School in San Jose, California; Valorie Ann Lewis, a third-grade teacher at Stigler Grade School in Stigler, Oklahoma; and John Bassier, a science teacher at Ferndale High School in Ferndale, Michigan.
John Bassier, ..., 19 Mar 2007 [cached]
John Bassier, FHS(248) 586-8605E-Mail:
Three Teachers Who Have Turned Around Students’ Lives Named as 2006 Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Award Winners — Turnaround Management Association, 30 Aug 2006 [cached]
John Andrew Bassier, Ferndale High School, Ferndale, MI
John Bassier pricks the mind and senses when he teaches. From basic science to advanced biology, Bassier transforms a concept on a page to one high school students can see, touch and smell.
He persuaded admitted arachnophobes to turn a gentler eye toward spiders by writing about their behavior in a journal. He glowed after students who declared, "It can't be done!" extracted a sheep's brain or crafted a working muscle sarcomere using everyday items.
Bassier says all students can learn and makes it a daily priority to hone their observational, reasoning and problem-solving skills. "Each minute is too precious to waste," he says.
While Bassier teaches biology - the study of life - he also shows students "how to live life at every level," a parent and former colleague says. He leads a Positive Peer Influence group that helps students learn empathy and compassion and facilitates an annual weekend communications retreat attended by 60 student leaders representing the school's wide racial, ethnic and economic mix. Bassier said he is reminded daily of the numerous crosses students bear - from serving as primary caretakers to parents to living in severe economic distress.
Bassier has coached football and wrestling for 37 years and touts a motto about winners being reliable, responsible and consistent. In 1994, the wrestling team and parents dubbed him a "Ferndale Treasure." A student sent a thank you note, 16 years after graduation, and included the book Tuesdays with Morrie , saying Bassier reminded him of the beloved protagonist.
Bassier earned the Daily (Royal Oak, MI ) Tribune's Unsung Hero Award, among others. He bestowed a gift to the campus, turning the high school courtyard into a nature tract with two large ponds and different native tree species. Referencing Thoreau, Bassier said, without wilderness, we would be lost.
Three Teachers Who Have Turned Around Students' Lives Named as 2006 Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Award Winners, 31 Aug 2006 [cached]
John Andrew Bassier, Ferndale High School, Ferndale, MI -- John Bassier has helped many students get hooked on science.His biology students have created habitats, written journals, built replicas and more, using facts and imagination.Outside class he has facilitated leadership and peer groups to show students how to interact effectively with each other.Bassier has coached sports for 37 years, earning a tribute as a "Ferndale Treasure" from the wrestling team and parents.
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