Created: 02/05/2014 5:48 PM KAALtv.com
By: Laura Lee
(ABC 6 News) -- There is something about teaching that many say is their calling. For this weeks Excellent Educator, it's a calling that runs in the family.
Jim Haney knows a thing or two about history.
"History is a huge story, so we try to tell this beautiful story that tells us what we are and what we've become," says Haney.
For Mr. Haney, his story starts with parents who were teachers, inspiring him to become one himself.
"It's fun to teach them," says Haney.
He has been teaching for nearly three decades, the last 25 years with the Albert Lea School District.
"It's a great honor, and I've got great kids, Albert Lea kids have treated me well through the years," he says, "we try to get them to taste, touch, smell, feel as much history as possibly can."
"(Teaching) its made me a better person," says Haney.
Maybe someday, Mr. Haney's story will live on in the lives he's touched.