STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) is an honor reserved for the senior achieving the highest SAT score in their school and being in the top 10 percent of their class.
But the student is only half of what the STAR program is all about. Not only does it honor the student, it honors the student’s choice for the teacher who has been most instrumental in their academic development.
Golloshi, who has a passion for all things math, chose his sophomore honors math and junior year AP calculus teacher Don Brock as his STAR teacher.
“I chose coach Brock because he has so much knowledge of the subject and is able to convey that knowledge and passion to the students,” Golloshi said. “It was a fun time every single day.”
Brock nominated Golloshi for the chance to attend the program on the math track last academic year. The four-week program, held on the Valdosta State University campus, allows students to go beyond what is learned in the classroom in their chosen field.
“For the Governor’s Honor Program you need to find a student whose not just good at math, but someone who loves math and is willing to look at fields of math outside the classroom,” Brock said.
In high school, students study algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus. But there are many fields beyond those, Brock said.
“Fields like abstract or linear algebra, cryptology—you gotta love it, and Klevi definitely loves it,” he said.
Brock has taught math for 15 years. He earned his BA in pure match, so he was able to “understand all the stuff (Gollishi) was coming back and talking about,” he said.
“Some teachers avoid questions because they don’t know the answers,” Golloshi said. “He knows. He’s one of the best teachers I’ve ever had. I hope I have teachers with that kind of knowledge in college. I look forward to it.”
Golloshi plans to attend Emory University and go into the medical field after graduation, perhaps specializing in cardiology or genetics.
Brock has no doubts Golloshi will be successful at whatever he chooses to pursue.
“When it comes to math, students like Klevi are a rarity. But he loves to learn. That’s why he’s done as well as he has. It’s been an honor to be able to teach him,” Brock said.
Golloshi now goes on to compete in the regional competition. Region winners go on to compete at the state level and stand to win a state STAR scholarship.
The STAR Program is a partnership of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators Foundation, Inc. and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce in association with the Georgia Department of Education.