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Teacher's humor inspires kids to excel in school
Teacher's humor inspires kids to excel in school

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga - If you spend time in Bill McAuliffe's class at Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology (GSMST), it doesn't take long until you're smiling and laughing, but it's not because the subject matter is silly.

On the contrary, Bill McAuliffe teaches Advanced Placement World History, a tough course.

But, last year, students received an 83% passing rate on the AP History exam. 

McAuliffe teaches with both heart and humor.

His students are his biggest fans.

His students comments about him explain why he's so popular:  "He's amazing. This is the first class where I haven't fallen asleep in"; He's not normal. We're not normal, so it all works together"; He knows when to be serious and teach, but he also knows when to make class fun"; "He makes jokes he has really weird ways of remembering things, but they work."

He's done things from shaving his beard  to wearing crazy T-shirts.

Why does he bring silliness into his classes?

"We ask our students to do a lot. They work hard. Many of them take several A.P. classes in their sophomore year," said McAuliffe.  "I'll do anything to help them get through all of that, and that includes making a fool of myself."

Teaching is a job he loves.

"Never do I dread coming into work," said McAuliffe. "I honestly don't know I'd stop teaching if I won one of those $400 million dollar lotteries."