Hughes Teacher Recognized by Vera House for Violence Prevention Efforts

     Published on 5/21/15   Tagged under:    District News   

Hughes Elementary School Physical Education teacher and Building Men Program Coach Joe Horan has been recognized by Vera House for his contributions to the fields of domestic and sexual violence prevention.
The Sr. Mary Vera Award is given to a member of the community who has done such work with humility, gentleness and humanitarian spirit. Through his role with the Building Men Program and Hughes Elementary, Mr. Horan demonstrates these qualities when spreading his positive messages on relationships and masculinity.
It is his hope that his receiving this award encourages others to stand up against abuse. “The example I have been setting has been noticed,” he acknowledged. “The modeling of standing up against abuse, racism and helping the marginalized has been seen by others.  Now, I must press on to encourage others to take their place in the fight for others in our community.”
Throughout his career, Mr. Horan has been a constant champion of preventing sexual assault and domestic abuse both inside and outside the classroom. He has played an active role in Vera House’s 12 Men Model program, the Train-the-Trainer program and the Coaching Boys into Men program. Horan has brought the lessons of these programs to his middle school modified soccer team and to his peer coaches, and he continues to live his message every day, seeking new ways to educate and empower those around him. Thank you for your dedicated service to our youth!