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Concordia University Continuing Education Scholarship winner will be randomly drawn from this year's Educator of the Week honorees. Teacher education has been the cornerstone of Concordia University for more than 100 years, and this scholarship is one way that Concordia joins students and the community to thank educators for all they do!
All of this year's weekly winners of the EOW are eligible • scholarship redeemable for one graduate or undergraduate course up to three (3) credits, with selection from among all courses available at Concordia University on-campus, online or off-site. • Course selection will be on a space available basis • winner must be qualified for the courses they select. (For example, someone without a bachelor's degree would not qualify for a graduate level course.) • The course must be started within 12 months of the award. • Fees and books are not included. • If a recipient chooses not to take a course, there will be no monetary compensation or reimbursement, and there will be no cash reimbursement if a recipient withdraws from a course for any reason. • Additional restrictions may apply.
Nominated by former student, Brandon Kneebone:
Mr. Roosevelt is not just a history teacher, he is a tireless supporter of the Milwaukie Mustangs. He teaches U.S. History to Juniors, but he is also the Student Government teacher. He leads a team of Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors who are the representatives for the individual grades. Mr. Roosevelt is currently a member of the Instructional Leadership Team and part of the Fund Board at the school. Students really do appreciate Mr. Roosevelt. He taught for the high school for a few years before being laid off due to budget costs. He was brought back to the delight of staff and students alike in the 2012-2013 school year. The school principal Mark Pinder told me, “Mr. Roosevelt has endless enthusiasm for helping students succeed at school. He believes students should learn how to think, speak and write critically. He also believes that students need to be engaged in school in many different ways.” Last year he played a huge part in the planning of the 2013 Prom which was held at the Portland Art Museum. The theme was Cirque du Soleil. There was a stilt walker, caricature artist, and even a mechanical fortune teller. He also helps plan school assemblies, Homecoming Week, and all of our school wide fundraisers such as Think Pink Week and Milwaukie Cares Week. Under his reign as the Student Government teacher, he has made some new changes such as the newly annual Staff vs. Student Kickball game which happened in late September. The students really appreciate Mr. Roosevelt too. Junior Courtney Ryman told me that Mr. Roosevelt has the ability to get on the same level as his students which is a refreshing quality. Sophomore Claire Hively said, “He goes out of his way to get every last student involved. From the most exuberant kid to the one who sits in the corner quietly.” I personally respect Mr. Roosevelt because of the devotion he has to our school. He had his second child in Spring of 2013 and he took a few weeks off. During that time off, he still checked in with his subs and Student Government, showing that even while on his down time he is still deeply concerned with the well being of the school. Mr. Roosevelt is actually the great grandson of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and he certainly does share the same spirit that his great grandfather had during his presidency.
Congratulations Scott, from all of us at K103!
What inspired you to become an educator?
Two different sources inspired to become a teacher. The first was my mom, who is a teacher and who has a passion for teaching that I try to embody everyday. The second were all the teachers throughout my life that took the time to help me catch up as a learner. School was not always the easiest task for me, and it was all the teachers along the way who helped me that made me realize that teaching was the profession of my calling.
What do you like most about teaching?
What I like most about teaching is the challenge and the kids. Building relationships with the kids is a special thing. Getting a high five in the hallways from a student you haven't taught in a few years always feels good. Then to see them cross the stage on graduation day always makes me feel like I've done my part on getting one more kid prepared for life ahead. That said, teaching is a constant challenge. I enjoy trying to find new ways to engage my students in critical thinking and debate. No teacher should ever feel like they've mastered teaching. We all have the ability to improve upon what we feel we already do well!
What has changed the most since you began your career in education?
Class size, class options, & resources. These are the three things that have changed the most. There are some teachers who are averaging 40+ in a class, while having less and less resources to engage the kids. That said, we've also reduced the variety of class options for kids through the reduction of electives and the whittling down of history & English classes, thus providing less options for stimulating the minds of our youth.
What would you like parents to know about your job?
I'd like parents and the community to know that our job isn't all about vacations and holiday breaks. While many parents do, I'd like them all to understand that teachers are more and more strapped down by large class sizes, testing, and a reduction of resources. As a result, parents need to take an even greater role in their child's education at home. For example, making sure they are reading every night. Making sure they have completed their homework and studied for tests. There is a correlation between my top students and the level of parent involvement in those students' academic lives.
Share a favorite story about your years in education.
Teaching isn't about one favorite memory. Its about the collage of memories that are created everyday through our interaction with our students, families, colleagues, and community. As cliche as that sounds, a favorite memory leaves out all the other ones that make up for the lack of financial compensation teachers receive.