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A special education teacher at Findlay Middle School received the royal treatment Friday as part of Teacher Appreciation Week.

Dan Wheelock and his wife were whisked away for a spa package and resort experience at one of the Station Casinos properties. Wheelock received a robe, slippers and a packed bag before he and his wife were taken by limousine to their weekend getaway.  

"I really had a hard time thinking of something to keep him home tonight and I finally just said ‘Look, I need you to help me with something and do it for me,’ I had to pull the wife card and it worked," Holly Wheelock said.

Wheelock doesn’t just work with students that have emotional and behavioral issues. He is also one of the school’s basketball coaches. Principal Ken Sobaszek credits Wheelock with helping change the culture in the school.

"As the basketball coach, there are always many students coming in and out of his class," he said of Wheelock. "He is seen as not only a good teacher, but also a mentor for all students."