FWCS Teacher of Year state finalist! - August 28, 2006

Record Number: 2593
Displayed from: Aug 28, 2006 , until: Sep 29, 2006

Fort Wayne Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson surprised the district's 2007 Teacher of the Year on Aug. 28 with the news that he has been selected as one of Indiana's top 10 finalists for the state honor. Todd Roberts, audio/visual teacher at Northwood Middle School, will join the other finalists from across the state next month for individual interviews before the Department of Education's Selection Committee. From those interviews, the 2007 Indiana Teacher of the Year and Runner-up will be selected. Roberts has taught TV Broadcasting, Communication Technology, Advanced Television and Contemporary Media to six- through eighth-graders at Northwood since 2003. He was selected as FWCS Teacher of the Year earlier this summer. Todd Roberts is an outstanding teacher with the adolescent age. His creativity in presenting innovative programs touches all aspects of the curriculum at Northwood, one of our most diverse schools, said Dr. Robinson. Mr. Roberts is a teacher who uses the universal language of technology to reach, influence and teach students of all cultures. Under his leadership, each Northwood school day begins with a live TV show during which students produce, direct and anchor the newscast that is shown in all classrooms. Students in his Advanced TV Production class use research they have learned in the media center, along with State Standards they are learning in Language Arts, to put together programs that capture the hearts and minds of their peers. Roberts uses television always a favorite medium for students to teach them about each other, too. Some examples include: Last fall, students were curious as to why some of their peers weren't eating or drinking anything throughout the day. Muslim students explained about Ramadan's month of fasting during one of the school's television programs. Students from Iraq talk periodically on the television programs about their struggles to get to the United States. This helps students understand they are not the enemy. At a recent Veteran's Day program, Mr. Roberts led students from many different cultures in a presentation to the school about why freedom is important to them. Particularly poignant were the remarks from the students who had recently joined us from the bloody battlefields in Northern Darfur. Mr. Roberts is a dedicated, extremely hard-working man who genuinely loves teaching. He stands apart from his peers in his ability to use technology to not only advance achievement of his students, but to further their growth in understanding and learning to live and thrive in this increasingly diverse world, said Principal Matthew Schiebel.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.