St. Thomas is the Duke Energy School of the Week

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St. Thomas Catholic School in Fort Thomas was recognized as the Duke Energy School of the Week for its long history of excellence and its dedicated staff. (WKRC)

FORT THOMAS, Ky. (WKRC) - Every week Local 12 and Duke Energy honors a school doing big things with its students.

St. Thomas Catholic School in Fort Thomas was recognized for its long history of excellence and its dedicated staff.

Math teacher Roger Tarvin has been teaching in Northern Kentucky for 52 years.

He spent most of that time in Kenton County before retiring.

However, retirement didn't quite suit him, so when asked he returned to his roots and went back to teaching, this time at St Thomas.

"Miss Pressler who was then principal here, needed somebody to teach a really exceptional 8th grade and so, she asked me," Tarvin said. "It was supposed to be two classes for one year. It wound up being 3 classes for 19 years."

Tarvin's students seem to enjoy his style of teaching, just a board and some markers, no fancy technology.

And those students thrive under his guidance.

Sixth-grader Zoe Kincaid said Mr. Tarvin is nice and teaches them a lot.

She thinks he came out of retirement for one very good reason: "For the joy of just being able to help people understand math more and for people to enjoy math and teach their kids."

Tarvin and his math department are just one of the many reasons St. Thomas has been selected as this week's Dune Energy School of the Week.

He says it's the parents and their interest in education that make this school really special.

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