I'm terribly sad for myself and the rest of us to lose such a great human. I'm jealous of the next realm for gaining such an amazing being. You're alive & well in my heart, Mr. Mintek.
As a colleague I admired Shawn's
• agile mind,
• calm demeanor,
• thoughtful participation in discussions
• willingness to lead when leadership was called for,
• energy to take on thankless tasks,
• organizing ability
and his capacity to never look for the easy way, but rather the best way to resolve an issue.
He will probably the most memorable teacher I have ever had. Although I only had him in one of my classes throughout my whole high school career, I am honored to be one of his students. He has made a huge impact in my life whether he knows it or not. He will be missed.
In 10th grade I contemplated taking the AP European test. Last minute, I decided to apply, and so I had to go to Mr.Mintek to do so. I was scared out of my mind that this unknown teacher would be irritated that I signed up so late. But no-- Mr.Mintek was so nice to me and this was the first time I ever met him. A teacher that sure is to stand out at first encounter.
Thanks Dr. Mintek, a great mentor and dedicated teacher whom I truly admired and respected.
THANKS SHAWN FOR CARING AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Shawn inspired our son and hundreds of other kids lucky enough to have him as a teacher. He will be missed!
Shawn and I used to spar quite a bit during staff discussions on how to best serve our students. I felt that he was being territorial and resistant to change because he already had the cream of the crop at Franklin.Although I still feel that is true to a degree I was able to see that much of his reluctance had more to do with a respect for process and order that demande more of us than simple enthusiasm. There was a need for clear thinking and evaluation of where we were going as well as where we were coming from.As I spent more time with Shawn I realized that our positions weren't so far apart on these topics, it was just my insight that needed fine tuning. You will be missed.
A teacher whom I admired greatly . . One of the best of the best.
Thank you Mr. Mintek for your years of dedication to Franklin students. My husband and I met in your calculus class and both remember fondly your philosophy quotes and stories. We hope you'd be proud to know that these two students are now upstanding adults and contributing members of society. Thank you for your teachings that extended far beyond calculus.
Rest in peace, teacher. May you enjoy debates with Socrates and all other philosophers before you, outside the cave