He had to trek across the state but government teacher Joe Bettura played no politics. His longtime favorite Major League Baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds, honoted the Trumbull County Career and Technical Center teacher, his wife and daughter with free tickets to their July 21 and 22 games with the Milwaukee Brewers. The team honored him for his loyalty to the organization and his proficiency in the classroom.
Bettura said his father was a fan of the Big Red Machine of the 1970s and he transferred his passion for the team to his son, who often wears his Reds regalia to school. He will argue the merits of the team with any who choose to debate.
At the ballpark, Bettura was one of many partisan fans, but as a social studies teacher, he stands apart from the pack. Recently, he was selected as one of 20 A+ Teachers in Trumbull County.
"Joe has excellent rapport with his students because he has a keen sense of humor. He creates a very comfortable environment," said his academic supervisor Larry Crawford. "The learning that occurs in his classroom is authentic. He makes connections between the study of American government and the lives of his students. The Reds picked the right guy to honor."