Tom McCall Elementary third grade teacher Cameron Glogau was recently named to the “Circle of Excellence” by OnPoint Community Credit Union as part of their Educator of the Year award. In addition to the “Circle of Excellence” winners, four Educator of the Year finalists were named from around Oregon.
The annual contest honors local educators who work to inspire enthusiasm and creativity in the classroom and have made an impact on students and their families, according to a press release by OnPoint. Now in its ninth year, the campaign has awarded nearly $250,000 in prizes to 60 local educators and schools.
“I am truly blessed to work with such an amazing grade level team that allows me to try any crazy idea that I come up with,” Glogau said “I always feel supported stepping outside the box and trying something new. I am very honored to receive this award, and lucky each day to have an opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of students. “
Glogau’s recognition falls during the nationally celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week from May 7-11, 2018. Celebrated annually since 1984, the week serves as an opportunity to honor and recognize the contributions of teachers.
“We’re excited but not surprised by Mr. Glogau’s honor, said Drew Frank, McCall’s Principal. “He brings innovation and excitement to the classroom that captures the imaginations of his students. While being a leader, Cameron is also the consummate teammate; continually supporting and learning alongside his peers. He is a passionate educator that is well deserving of the recognition from OnPoint.”
Glogau recently had his students participate in a Sea Turtle Rescue assignment. For the project, students simulated the rescue of sea turtles using programmable robots from the company, Sphero. Glogau facilitated student design of a Sphero-powered cart that could deliver water and food to “sea turtles” being quarantined in another part of the school. Each team of students created the code directing the robots. When Cameron shared the lesson with Sphero, they published his assignment/activity making it available to teachers all around the world.
“Cameron orchestrates all the excitement and wonder of his third graders masterfully in leading students to answer their own questions,” Mike Nye said in a letter supporting Glogau’s nomination. Nye is assistant director of instructional technology for Redmond School District and regularly interacts with Glogau’s classroom. “Teaching students how to learn is the most powerful skill we can foster and the fortunate students in Mr. Glogau’s class are learning how to learn every day.”
“Circle of Excellence” winners receive a $1,000 cash award plus a $500 donation for their school.